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Subject Area: Sciences
Level: TWO-YEAR A Level
Exam Board: AQA
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What do I need to study this course?

Grade 6 in two single science GCSE’s (including biology) or grade 66 in GCSE Combined Science.Also GCSE Maths at grade 5 and GCSE English at grade 4 or above.

What will I study?

As a biologist, you will study the natural world from the largest mammals down to your very own microscopic DNA. Biologists strive to understand how animals and other organisms evolved, and the factors that cause illness, applying their knowledge to improve health and manage the natural world.

A level Biology aims to inspire students, nurture a passion for the subject, and lay the groundwork for further study in courses like biological sciences and medicine. The A level specification ensures that you will develop literacy, numeracy, employability and technical skills. Biology is fundamentally an experimental subject, so the course provides numerous opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality, and equips students with the essential practical skills.

The topics you will study are: Biological Molecules, Cells, Organisms Exchange Substances with their Environment, Genetic Information, Variation and Relationships Between Organisms, Energy Transfers in and Between Organisms, How Organisms Respond to Changes in their Internal and External Environments, Genetics, Populations, Evolution and Ecosystems and Control of Gene Expression.

Successful completion of 12 required practicals will earn you a Practical Endorsement, which is recognised by many universities.

What next?

Career opportunities exist in a wide variety of sectors including medical professions, environmental biology, forensic science, industry, biotechnology, the scientific Civil Service, research, and education.

Our students progress to university to study courses such as: Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Dental Surgery, Diagnostic Radiography, Environmental Science, Forensic Science & Criminal Investigation, Life Sciences, Marine Biology, Medicine, Nutrition, Food & Health, Pharmacology, Physiology, and Physiotherapy.

Students who wish to study biological or medical subjects at university will usually need to take A level Chemistry as well.

Did you know?

A red blood cell only takes 20 seconds to circulate around the human body.