A Level Programme

Biology A Level

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About this course

This course is ideal if you have an interest in science and wish to pursue an academic career in medical science, ecology, dentistry, biochemistry, pharmacy or nursing. Biology is the study of living organisms and this course will help you to enjoy finding out how plants and animals grow, reproduce and interact.

What will I learn?

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to participate in a range of biological and ecologicalinvestigations and as a result you should develop a number of practical skills. These include a goodunderstanding of how to use common biological apparatus such as light microscopes, pipettes, water baths,spirometers, DNA gel electrophoresis and bio viewers, and an appreciation of control variables and setting upeffective investigations. In the first year key areas you will cover include Biological Molecules, Enzymes, Health and Disease andEvolution. In the second year your knowledge will further develop in areas including Respiration, Photosynthesis,Excretion and Genetics. A range of teaching approaches will be used to help develop your independent studyand research skills such as presentations, group work and self-evaluation activities.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by completing examinationsat the end of the course which will include topicexaminations and the practical skills examination.

As well as this, you will need to complete a numberof practical activities in class in order to develop yourinvestigation skills for your Practical Endorsement,which will be awarded alongside your A Level grade.

These skills will be informally assessed during thelessons and then examined in a practical based exampaper at the end of the course. During term time yourprogress will be monitored with end of topic examsand quizzes.

What do I need?

General Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C including English and Maths at grade 4 (grade C)

Specific Requirements

  • Maths, Core Science and Additional Science (or Biology and one other Science subject) at grade 5 (grade B)

In certain circumstances we will accept variations to this entry guide and create a personalised programme.

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - an exciting range of higher level courses, including Applied Biology HNC/D and Teaching
  • University - biological science-based degree courses, including medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy andpharmacy
  • Careers - good scientific skills are always in demand by awide range of employers

Additional Information

You will undertake an Induction Period at the start of the course to ensure you are supported and guided through the correct learning pathway. Biology combines well with other Science subjects or Maths.