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Biology A Level at East Sussex College

Course description

On this A level course you will study the following course content: In first year:Biological molecules (including carbohydrates, proteins, lipids & DNA); Cells (including cell division, movement of substances into and out of cells, pathogens, cell recognition and the immune system); How organisms exchange substances with their environment (including gas exchange, digestion & absorption, mass transport in plants & animals)Genes, variation and relationships between organisms (including DNA and protein synthesis, genetic diversity, adaptations, taxonomy, biodiversity)In second year:In the second yearEnergy transfers in and between organisms (including photosynthesis, respiration, nutrient cycles)How organisms respond to changes in their internal & external environments (including nervous system, muscles, homeostasis)Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (including inheritance, natural selection, populations, ecosystems)Control of gene expression (mutations, regulation of protein synthesis, cancer, DNA technology, genetic fingerprinting)In addition to course content you will carry out a variety of practical procedures and be expected to keep a log of these. You will also develop mathematical, analytical and evaluative skills

Entry requirements

You will need to meet our standard entry requirements.

You will need at least GCSE Maths grade C/5 and Combined Science grade BB/6-6 or Biology and Chemistry grade B/6.


You will be assessed by your teacher at regular intervals during the two years using a combination of homework assignments, short tests and longer tests You will be formally assessed at the end of the second yearPaper 1(35%) includes:A mixture of short and long answer questionsExtended response questionsPaper 2(35%) includes:A mixture of short and long answer questionsComprehension question

Future opportunities

This course offers a pathway to many university courses where you can study either a broad-based biological science course or one in which you specialise in a particular area of science. The course also provides you with many transferrable skills should you decide to take an alternative pathway.

Further information

You will need to be highly motivated, determined and hard working as Biology is a demanding subject with a high workload. You will be expected to devote at least 4 hours outside of class to regularly review concepts and to keep your notes organised. You should also have good mathematical ability.

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: 30 January 2019
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: 5589/021
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