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Biology at St Edward's College

Course description

Science and Technology are fast becoming an integral part of our lives; the choice of Biology at Advanced Level is a forward thinking decision. Cloning, Biotechnology, DNA Finger Printing, Gene Therapy and IVF seem to be in the headlines every day. If you want to find out more about these contemporary topics, Human Physiology and the interrelationship between organisms and their environment, then Biology is the subject for you.

This is a modular course consisting of six modules. You will study a range of Biological disciplines from Ecology, Human Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Techniques. You will be given a wide range of practical opportunities which will refine the technical skills needed when pursuing a Science course at University. You will be involved in group work to build your confidence and improve your social and interpersonal skills.

Course content

You will be taught A Level Biology through both theory and practical lessons. This will be further supported by the use of ICT and your own background reading (using a multitude of resources available within the College as well as your own researched materials) to extend and enrich your Biological knowledge and understanding.

Entry requirements

B grade in GCSE Additional Science and B grade equivalent in Biology component

Additional Science or B grade in GCSE Biology.

A grade in Mathematics GCSE is desirable


A2 Examinations
Paper 1: Two hours. Short structured questions plus 15 mark extended response question. Assessment of practical skills 35% of the total A Level.
Paper 2: Two hours. Short answer questions and some longer questions and a 15 mark comprehension 35% of the total A Level.
Paper 3: Two hours. 38 marks: structured questions, including practical techniques, 15 marks: critical analysis of given experimental data, 25 marks for a synoptic essay. 30% of the total A level. Throughout the course, pupils must perform 12 essential practical investigations which can be assessed in the written papers.

Future opportunities

A Level Biology is a specific requirement for certain careers – such as Medicine, Physiotherapy and Veterinary Science but is also recommended for a wide range of careers such as Dentistry, Agriculture, Forestry, Farming, Fisheries, Food Manufacture and Preservation, Genetic Engineering, Pharmacy and Nursing. The top seven degree courses taken by students that have an A level in Biology are: Psychology, Sport and Exercise Science, Medicine, Anato my, Physiology and Pathology Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy Chemistry. Other options could be: Zoology, Biochemistry, Marine Biology, Biomedical Science, and Ecology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Edward's College directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016

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