Biology A level
|Mode of study||Academic A Level|
|Campus||Welsh Bridge Campus|
|Start date||5 September 2022|
|Course code||BIO-AL (2224)|
A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language, grade 5 or above in Maths and grade 5 or above in GCSE Biology, with a further GCSE science subject at grade 5 or above or at least 5:5 in GCSE Combined Science.
What does the course involve?
This is an exciting and exacting subject, delivered in an innovative and dynamic way. You’ll be part of a well-resourced and very successful department. Throughout the course, you’ll be guided and supported by our team of experienced, well-qualified Biology teachers, with a range of scientific backgrounds. Your A Level Biology studies will develop your interest in the subject, as well as aid you in building on your biological understanding and scientific skills. By the end of the course, you will have acquired both a broad knowledge-base and diverse skillset, preparing you for either further study at university, or for work.
You will carry out a significant amount of practical work, including fieldwork, which not only enriches understanding of the theory but will also develop your ability to design experiments, process data and carry out statistical tests. You even get to genetically modify bacteria so that they glow in the dark!
Topics include: biochemistry, cell biology, gas exchange and circulation in plants and animals, disease and immunity, classification, and biodiversity.
Topics include: photosynthesis, respiration, homoeostasis, coordination in plants and animals, ecology, genetics, evolution, genetic engineering, and biotechnology.
How is the course assessed?
100% Exam – Three exams in the final term. Practical Endorsement in Biology - a non-exam assessment that involves carrying out 12 different practical investigations and providing evidence for each one in a folder submitted at the end of the course.
A Level Biology is an excellent base for you to pursue a university degree in healthcare, such as medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, dentistry, or veterinary science, or alternatively the biological sciences, such as biochemistry, molecular biology, or forensic science.
Biology can also complement subjects such as Sports Science and Psychology, and the transferable skills you will learn, such as problem-solving and the ability to analyse and evaluate, are also useful for studying many other subjects at degree level.
Support is provided for those interested in applying for Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, or Biomedical degrees including: expert speakers, UCAS admissions support, UKCAT / BMAT preparation advice, university visits, and work experience.
What do I do next?
You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional two or three subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative vocational programme of study via a separate application. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email email@example.com
A Level Biology (Chemistry, Maths)
Previous Institution: Church Stretton School
I took Biology A Level because I have always wanted to be a vet, and I chose to study at SCG because I liked the area - Shrewsbury is such a nice place to be. My favourite thing to do is dissection because it is hands-on and you learn so much in those lessons. Next year I hope to study Veterinary Science at Bristol University.
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