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Biology A Level at Bacon's College

Course description

Biology, like all sciences, is demanding but also very rewarding. You will need to be hard working and patient to truly appreciate this vast and detailed subject. In two years you will be required to read and learn a great amount. A Biology student needs to be dedicated and organised, disciplined and motivated.

The course aims to develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, Biology, including developing an interest in further study and careers in Biology. It will help students to appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society as a whole.

Over the two years, students will develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge, and understanding of how science works and develop an essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Biology and how they relate to each other. Biology is an amazing complex and informative subject.

It is the study of living organisms. It’s about what makes us tick! It’s like reading your own body’s user manual. Can we be cloned and how does it work? Is cloning ethically right? Studying Biology may help you answer some of these and other questions.

Course content

AS-Level Cell, Exchange and Transport Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health.

A2-Level Communication, Homeostasis and Energy Control, Genomes and Environment Practical Endorsement.

Entry requirements

Biology is a theoretically demanding subject. Students must gain ‘AA’ grades in GCSE Double Award Science or ‘BBB’ in Triple Award Science, along with a C grade at GCSE English and Maths. You must have at least 5 A*-C grades to study ALevels, too.

Assessment

Exams.

Future opportunities

Biology at A-Level is a prerequisite for many courses in Higher Education and for many areas of employment. It is also a long-established and respected qualification that can allow progression into a number of career areas such as Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Biochemistry and others. The Biology course prepares candidates to progress into further or higher education, to follow courses in Biology, one of the other sciences or related subjects, or to enter employment where a knowledge of Biology would be useful. Study of AS or Advanced GCE Biology should also be seen as making a contribution towards life-long learning.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years

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    • How to get to the College:


      Bus:

      The nearest Bus Station is Canada Water served by routes: 1, 47, 188, 199, 225, 381, C10 & P12 (10  mins walk). Directions on foot from Canada Water Station.

      The nearest Bus Stop is Smith Close (Salter Road - next to youth hostel) served by routes 381 & C10 (5 mins walk). Directions on foot from the Smith Close bus stop.


      Tube:

      The nearest Underground Station is Canada Water, served by the Jubilee Line with easy connections to Canary Wharf (DLR), London Bridge (Rail) and the London Underground Network.


      Rail:

      The nearest Railway Station is Canada Water, served by the East London Line. Directions on foot from Canada Water Station. 


      Road:

      Rotherhithe is easily accessible from the South via the A2, A2209 (Deptford Church Street) and A200 (Evelyn Street & Lower Road) , the North via the A13 and Rotherhithe Tunnel (A101), West via the A200 Jamaica Road.


      River:

      Access via the Thames Clipper and Hilton Ferry Service to the Hilton Docklands Pier (approx. 40 minutes from Waterloo Pier) (265 Rotherhithe Street London SE16 5HW). (20 mins walk)