Biology A Level at Thomas Rotherham College (TRC)
Biology builds upon your knowledge from GCSE science, developing your enthusiasm for and understanding of Biological Science.
Development of Practical Skills
This covers the skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation through a series of class practicals, and field work to prepare students for future careers and higher level study in Science.
Foundations in Biology
This module prepares students for A level study in biology. Topics covered include, cell structure, biological molecules, including DNA and enzymes, followed by the study of biological membranes, cell division, cell diversity and organisation. All topics in this module will be covered in specific detail in later modules.
Exchange and transport
This covers the structure and function of the gas exchange system and animal transport systems, with the increased awareness of the need for regular exercise to remain healthy, this very topical part of the specification is enjoyed by A level biology students. The module is completed by plant transport, which highlights the role of plants in ecosystems.
Biodiversity, evolution and disease
You will study communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system. This is particularly relevant by the large numbers of students who follow a career in health care. The unit concludes with biodiversity, classification and evolution. Students investigate the problems facing the wide variety of species on the planet, how they evolve to cope with a changing environment, the role of zoos in conservation and how modern techniques are being used to assist in the classification of current and new species.
Communication, homeostasis and energy
This is a module based upon the anatomy and physiology of the body, it covers excretion as an example of homeostatic control, the nervous and endocrine systems, plant and animal responses to environmental change, followed by photosynthesis and respiration. In addition to preparing students for a career in healthcare, it is useful for future sports related careers.
Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
You will study the control of cellular activities such as protein synthesis and enzyme activation, the fascinating world of genetics, including genetic disorders. This is followed by genome manipulation, cloning and biotechnology to help with disease prevention and treatment and the manufacture of useful products. This is followed by ecosystems, populations and conservation through sustainability. Students take a global outlook of the world around them and how human activity can by modified to preserve ecosystems. This module links to the International Conservation trip to South Africa.
Field work and biodiversity / conservation trips to the Zoo.
Biology students are invited to join an International Conservation trip to South Africa in July each year.
GCSE Science (2 x Grade 6 with a 6 in Biology if taken separately). Grade 5 Maths.
Written examinations and practical endorsement.
No more than £25 per day trip.
Routes into Apprenticeships, Higher Education and / or Professional Careers include:
Veterinary medicine, Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Biology, Zoology, Ecology, Animal science, Marine Biology, Life Sciences, Zoology, Zookeeper, Animal Care, Veterinary Nursing, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Physiotherapy, Sports Science, Ecology, Forensic Science, Genetics, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Biological, Environmental or Biomedical Engineering, Paramedic, Midwifery, Nursing, Microbiology, Botany, Animal Behaviour and Wildlife Conservation.
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