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Biology A Level at Ormiston Bushfield Academy

Course description

Biologists are scientists who study the natural world and all the living things in it, from the largest mammals down to our very own microscopic DNA. They try to understand how animals and organisms work, how humans evolved and the things that can make us sick or improve our health.

Biologists use this knowledge to try to stop the spread of disease, track down natural resources, improve public health, care for animals, carry out conservation and understand the true impacts of environmental factors like pollution.

As with other sciences, biology helps you to build up research, problem solving, organisation and analytical skills. If you study biology, you will likely find yourself working on group projects, which also helps build teamwork and communication skills.

Course content

Biology will support your study of other sciences and Maths as well as subjects like Psychology and Geography. But study it with a language or an essay subject like English at A Level and you might have even more choices for your career.

Entry requirements

B grade GCSE Biology

Assessment

  •  Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology
  •  Module 2 – Foundations in biology
  •  Module 3 – Exchange and transport
  •  Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease 
  •  Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy
  •  Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

Future opportunities

Biology is a key subject for lots of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) careers, particularly in healthcare, medicine and jobs involving plants or animals. Career options include nursing, dentistry, forensic science, psychology, physiotherapy, botany, environmental science, zoology, geology, oceanography, pharmaceuticals, energy, teaching, science writing, genetics and research.

Further information

Rachel Lambert-Forsyth, director of education and training at the Society of Biology, says: “Biology opens up exciting career possibilities. From conservation to cancer research, biologists are tackling important 21st century challenges, and we need skilled young people to be part of this.

“It is also important to remember that Biology is excellent preparation for non-scientific careers, thanks to the skills it provides – everything from analytical thinking to writing reports”.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ormiston Bushfield Academy directly.

Last updated date: 15 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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