Biology A level

On this course you will learn about Biology and disease, and the variety of living organisms. Biology is an interesting and fascinating subject - the key question that underpins Biology is 'How does life work?'. To begin with you will discover new components of cells and understand how molecules are transported across a cell membrane. Next you will explore the structure and function of full organs such as the heart and the lungs! During the first year you will also expand your knowledge of DNA, cell division and immunity. You will develop new skills in maths, practical experiments, how to analyse data and evaluate studies. This is certified by AQA. We strongly recommend that Biology be taken along with another Science subject at A-level e.g. Psychology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths.

Site

Eastbourne

Level

Level 3

Course Type

16 +

Qualification

A Level

Courses

Options Course Code Starts Ends
apply 02107y1 12/09/22 14/06/24

What will I study?

On this course you will learn about Biology and disease, and the variety of living organisms. Biology is a fascinating subject - the key question that underpins Biology is 'How does life work?'. To begin with you will study the components of cells and how molecules transport across a cell membrane. Next you will study the structure and function of full organs such as the heart and the lungs. During the first year you will also study the structure and function of DNA, cell division and immunity. Practical and investigative skills are also assessed. This is certified by AQA.

The course covers the following topics: Biological molecules, Cells, Organisms exchange substances with their environment, Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms, Energy transfers in and between organisms, Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments, Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems and The control of gene expression.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?

A GCSE grade 5 in Maths, Combined Science 66 or Biology grade 6.,Our general entry requirements to study 3 A-Levels or any mixed level 3 programme are: 5 GCSEs grade 4-9 including English Language and/or Maths at grade 5. Subject specific entry criteria may also apply. Our general entry requirements to study 4 A-Levels are: 6 GCSEs grade 4-9 including English Language and Maths at grade 6. Subject specific entry criteria may also apply.

How will I be assessed?

The modules above will be assessed by three written exams at the end of the second year. There will also be a practical endorsement of Biology which will be assessed (non-exam) as part of the course.

What qualification will I achieve?

A level Biology at the end of the second year.

What can I do after completing this course?

Interested in a career in healthcare or Science? A level Biology can lead to a wide range of degree courses e.g. biology, medicine, nursing, dentistry, biomedicine, veterinary science, pharmacy, marine biology, pharmacology, neuroscience, environmental studies and physiotherapy. For many biological degrees you will also need Chemistry A Level

Are there any extra costs?

A text book for each year, at a cost of approx. £10 each. A one day field trip in the second year at the cost of approximately £20.

Additional Info

This is certified by AQA.

We strongly recommend that Biology be taken with another Science subject at A-level e.g. Psychology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.