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Biology (Bio-Engineering) A Level at Aston University Engineering Academy

Course description


The AUEA Biology course has been designed to allow students, not only to study the fascinating and amazing world of Biology, but also learn the application of Biology in the engineering field (Bio-Engineering). From bionics and the cutting edge bio-robotics at Aston University to exploring the latest developments in synthetic Biology, students will be immersed in one of the most rapidly developing sectors of engineering.


The core value of Biology at AUEA is to ensure that learning is enjoyable and enhances a student’s enthusiasm for Biology and Bio-Engineering. The course maximises the opportunity to experience Aston Universities’ undergraduate and post graduate cutting edge research into; Bionics, optometry, Brain studies and the brand new European Bio-research institute (opening in 2013).


The course follows on from the year 11 Additional Science Specifications and many of the topics will be very familiar. Consequently, the course is suitable for both science dual award and Triplescience GCSE students. The practical work is set by the examination board but assessed by teachers.


The aims of A level Biology are to:


1.Develop interest and enthusiasm for biology, including developing an interest in further study and careers in Bio-Engineering, Bio-chemistry and biology


2.Appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society


3.Develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding the application of biology within Engineering


Studying Biology at AS and A2 level needs a disciplined, logical and flexible mind. It is academically challenging and consequentially requires a highly committed attitude to studies. The hard work needed rewards a student with a selection of highly desirable degrees and well paid careers.

Course content

AS Module and Content

F211: Cells, Exchange and Transport

- Cells

- Exchange and Transport

F212: Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health

- Biological Molecules

- Enzymes

- Biodiversity and Classification

- Variation, Adaptation and Evolution

- Human Interactions

F213:Practical Skills in Biology 1

- Internal assessment of practical skills


A2 Module and Content

F214: Communications, Homeostasis and Energy

- Communication

- Nerves and Hormones

- Excretion

- Photosynthesis and Respiration

F215: Control, Genomes and Environment

- Cellular Control

- Biotechnology

- Ecosystems and Sustainability

- Responding to the Environment


F216: Practical skills in Biology 2

- Internal assessment of practical skills


Entry requirements

A keen interest in Engineering, Maths and Science.




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Future opportunities


Degree in Engineering, Bio-medical Engineering, Biology, any other science, Medicine and veterinary.


Careers and Degrees in Medicine, Veterinary Sciences, Dentistry, Forensic Science, Environmental Science and many others.

Further information


If you require further information on any aspect of the course you should contact the following:

Mrs Farhat Parveen via

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Aston University Engineering Academy directly.

Last updated date: 08 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: Exam Board - OCR


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