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Biology A Level at The Compton School

Course description

The A-Level Biology course allows students to gain an insight in the dynamic and exciting nature of Biology in the 21st Century. The course will also cover the ethical, technological and economic aspects of the subject. This course develops many of the topics you may have already studied at GCSE and introduces you to some of the exciting new areas of Biology. The course will be delivered through lectures, demonstrations, producing posters and presentations. The teaching of practical skills is integrated within the theoretical topics.

Students will have the opportunity to attend a residential field trip to develop their practical skills in ecology and marine biology. There will also be opportunities to attend lectures by leading scientists in the field of biology and practical workshops offered by research establishments such as Mill Hill for STEM week. The Biology course encourages students to read widely and think constructively. Biology goes well with a range of subjects such as Chemistry, Physics Geography, Psychology and Maths.

Course content

AS-Level Units:
- Biological Molecules
- Cells
- Organisms exchange substances with their environment
- Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

A-Level Units:
- Energy transfers in and between organisms
- Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
- Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
- The control of gene expression

Future opportunities

A qualification in Biology equips students with the skills of literacy, numeracy, problem solving, social awareness and an ability to make connections in natural, social, economic, political and technological fields. These skills are transferable to most employment areas. The A-Level Biology course will provide an excellent foundation for a range of university courses including; Astrobiology, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, Dentistry, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Forensics, Medicine, Physiotherapy, Psychology and Radiotherapy. Biologists have specific opportunities in the pharmaceutical, clinical and health professions as well as conservation and scientific research.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Compton School directly.

Last updated date: 18 June 2015
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