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Biology A Level at Thomas Rotherham College (TRC)

Course description

Biology builds upon your knowledge from GCSE science, developing your enthusiasm for and understanding of Biological Science.

Course content

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.

Entry requirements

GCSE Science (2 x Grade 6 with a 6 in Biology if taken separately). Grade 5 Maths.


Written examinations and practical endorsement. 

Financial information

No more than £25 per day trip.

Future opportunities

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.


Further information

To find out more about this course, visit one of our Open Evenings or speak to your school/college careers staff.

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: 20 December 2018
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    • The College is situated on Moorgate in Rotherham, about a 15 minute walk from the centre of Rotherham.  Buses leave the central Rotherham Interchange every 10 minutes and the journey takes approx. 5 minutes. 

      We also run dedicated bus services to ease your journey to and from College.  See for details and route information. 

      The College also has on-site permit parking for students, with priority given to students with the greatest distance to travel.