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BIOLOGY at Boston Spa Academy

Course description

Biology is the natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, distribution, and taxonomy.

Course content

 3.1 Biological Molecules
 Students will study the biochemistry shared by all life on Earth. 

 3.2 Cells
 Students will study the structure of different types of cells, in particular, that of the cell
 surface membrane and its role in cell signalling, communication, recognition and   immunity.

 3.3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment                             Students will be studying how the internal environment of a cell or organism is   different   from its external environment, and how they are adapted for exchange.

 3.4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms       Students will be examining biological diversity and how differences between species   reflect genetic differences.                                                                                         

 3.5 Energy transfers in and between organisms
 Students will study photosynthesis and respiration.

 3.6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
 Students study the nervous system and how responses to changes in the internal or   external environment are coordinated.

 3.7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
 Students study inheritance, variation in populations and natural selection.

 3.8 The control of gene expression
 Students will study how cells are able to control their metabolic activities by regulating   transcription and translation of their genome.

Entry requirements

Achieve 5 or more standard GCSE passes or higher (grade 4 or higher).
Achieve two grade 6’s or higher in combined GCSE Science or a grade 6 or higher in GCSE Biology.


Written exam: 2 hours
91 marks: 76 marks - a mixture of short and long answer questions;
15 marks - extended response questions 35% of A Level

Paper 2
Written exam: 2 hours

91 marks: 76 marks - a mixture of short and long answer questions;
15 marks - comprehensive question 35% of A Level

Paper 3
Written exam: 2 hours

78 marks: 38 marks - structured questions, including practical techniques; 15 marks - critical analysis of given experimental data; 25 marks - one essay from a choice of two titles 30% of A Level

Future opportunities

Biology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, zoology, marine biology or forensic science. Students could also use it for careers in research or in industry

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 09 November 2018
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