Biology at Holyhead
Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and microorganisms. Biology is never far from the headlines, whether it’s advancements in sequencing the human genome mean finding treatments for many life limiting diseases is closer than ever before, the effects our growing population has on the Earth and the need to manage the conflict between human needs and conservation as well as our developing understanding of how stem cells become specialised.
Biologists are concerned with all these issues and many more. They work in the fields of cell biology, medicine, food production and ecology and the work they do is vital to us all.
Biology A Level is a great choice for anybody interested in a career in health and clinical professions, such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Optometry, Nursing, Zoology, Marine Biology, or Forensic Science. The skills you will learn are transferable and many students go on to professions such as Computing, Accountancy and Teaching.
The Biology A Level course helps you to develop a number of skills which they will need to master in order to succeed. These skills include learning how to collect data and evaluate it, how to investigate facts and use deduction, how to put over your point of view effectively and how to take responsibility for your own learning.
Topic 1 - Biological molecules
Topic 2 - Cells
Topic 3 - Organisms exchange substances with their environment
Topic 4 - Genetic information, Variation and Relationships between organisms
A minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE
GCSE Grade B in both Core Science and Additional Science
GCSE Grade B Maths
GCSE Grade C English
Paper 1 - 50% of AS, 1hr 30min writtten exam 75 marks, mixture of short and longer answer questions and a 10 mark comprehension question
Paper 2 - 50% of AS, 1hr 30min written exam 75 marks, mixture of short answer questions and 10 marks for extended response questions.
There are opportunities to attend Master classes and 'Taster Days' at some of the local universities.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holyhead directly.