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Biology AS/A Level at New College Durham

Course description

Biology is a topical and evolving subject and this course covers a variety of areas from evolution and ecosystems to enzymes.

Course content

You will study the following units during AS Level:

  • Biology & Disease
  • The Variety of Living Organisms
  • Practical & Investigative Skills

During A2 Level you will study:

  • Populations & Environment
  • Control in Cells & Organisms
  • Practical & Investigative Skills

Entry requirements

To study with us you will need a minimum of 5 GCSE A*-C which must include GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English. You will also need a grade B or above in GCSE English Language, Mathematics, and Biology or Core and Additional Science (BB). GCSE Applied Science is not an acceptable entry qualification for this subject.

Future opportunities

This A Level, in combination with other subjects, provides you opportuntiy for further study of Biology or related subjects in Higher Education.

Career opportunities in this subject area could include a variety of professions such as Medicine, Dentistry, Biochemistry, Nursing, Forensic Science, Food Science and Biotechnology.

Related careers
Medical practitioner Medical practitioners diagnose mental and physical injuries, disorders and diseases, prescribe and give treatment, recommend preventative action, and conduct medical education and research activities. They may specialise in particular areas of modern medicine or work in general practice and, where necessary, refer the patient to a specialist.
Dental nurse Dental nurses prepare patients for, and assist with, dental examinations, prepare and sterilise instruments and maintain case records.
Dental practitioner Dental practitioners diagnose dental and oral diseases, injuries and disorders, prescribe and administer treatment, recommend preventative action and, where necessary, refer the patient to a specialist.
Veterinarian Veterinarians diagnose and treat animal injuries, diseases and disorders, and advise on preventative action. They may work in practices, specialising according to their location in either a rural or urban area, or in the public sector or associated industries such as pharmaceuticals, food production or drug regulation.
Laboratory technician Laboratory technicians carry out routine laboratory tests and checks, and perform a variety of technical support functions requiring the application of established or prescribed procedures and techniques to assist scientists with their research, development, analysis and testing, and to verify the physical, chemical and other characteristics of materials and products.
Biological scientist or biochemist Biological scientists and biochemists examine and investigate the morphology, structure, chemistry and physical characteristics of living organisms, including their inter-relationships, environments and diseases.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Durham directly.

Last updated date: 21 April 2016

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