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A Level Biology at Trafford College

Course description

Why study Biology?Biology is a wonderful, varied and enjoyable subject, enabling students to develop valuable and interesting knowledge and skills. The course covers many important topics which affect our lives every day from food production to human health. Students develop their Biological knowledge through a range of interactive tasks, independent learning, group work and laboratory practical work.'It has become part of the accepted wisdom to say that the twentieth century was the century of physics and the twenty-first century will be the century of biology.'.......Freeman DysonWhat's on the course?In AS Biology: You will study biochemistry, cells and development, gas exchange and transport in plants and animals. You will also look at the environment and how variation helps species to survive.A Level Biology:In addition to the AS topics you will study photosynthesis, respiration, energy transfer, the nervous system, homeostasis, genetics and gene technologies and assisted reproduction.

Entry requirements

You need A* - B in Double Science or A* - B in Biology, plus a good profile of B grades at GCSE.


Through written exams that use a variety of question types from multiple choice, structured questions and longer answers. There will be a series of compulsory practical exercises that will be tested in the written exams and contribute to a separate grade at the end of the second year.

Future opportunities

What are the career opportunities?Biology is an essential qualification for a number of health related courses. It also develops valuable practical and problem solving skills that can be applied to a range of courses and careers.

Further information

Contact Bernadette Barnett on 0161 952 4721 or email contact Course Enquiries on 0161 886 7070

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 May 2016
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