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Biology at Fort Pitt Grammar School

Course description

Why should I study Biology?

Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from microorganisms to mammoths. Biology is never far from the headlines either. The human genome has been sequenced and we know the complete arrangement of the three thousand million bases that make up human DNA. In Kenya 350 people die every day from AIDS and in South East Asia the skies are dark with smoke as the last Bornean rainforests are burned to grow oil palms. Biologists are concerned with all these issues. They work in the fields of cell biology, medicine, food production and ecology... and the work they do is vital to us all. If you have an interest in the Biological world around you, and enjoyment of Biology at GCSE, then A level Biology could be the choice for you.

What will the course involve?

The linear A level in Biology involves three examinations at the end of Y13. Two papers are 1 hour and 45 minutes long and one paper is 2 hours and 30 minutes long. These cover the overarching themes of: • Advanced Biochemistry, Micro biotics and Genetics • Advanced Physiology, Evolution and Ecology • General and Practical Principles in Biology There is no coursework element to the linear A level however students will be required to complete 12 core practicals throughout the course that cover specific skills and techniques and will contribute to the overall grade. It is possible to take an AS Level examination in Biology. This is worth 40% of the A Level.

How might this course complement others?

A level Biology works well in combination with Chemistry and Physics as well as Maths and Psychology.

How will this subject be useful in the future?

Biology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, zoology, marine biology or forensic science. Many students who study Biology at A level enjoy the subject so much they eventually choose a biologically related degree course. Others go on to careers in law, computing, accounting or teaching.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 December 2016
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  • Start date: Next September