Biology is the science of life, and our knowledge of biology is increasing daily. Studying biology can give you an understanding of the principles behind biochemistry, metabolic processes, microbiology, genetics, disease, the human impact on the environment and many other topics. Studying biology can lead to many exciting career opportunities in the varied fields of medicine, genetics, health care, forensics, sports science and environmental science. In this course you will study: • AS (Year 1): Development of practical skills in biology, foundations in biology, exchange and transport, biodiversity, evolution and disease • A2 (Year 2): Communication, homeostasis and energy, genetics, evolution and ecosysytems
What do I need to join?
BB/6–6 in GCSE Science and C/5 in Maths and an entrance test, or AA/7–7 and C/5 in Maths.
How will I know how I am doing?
AS Biology (Year 1): • Two exams at the end of the year; both are 1 hour and 30 minutes long. • AS (Year 1) is a standalone qualification and the results from these AS exams will not count towards the full A-level. A2 Biology (Year 2): • A2 has three exams; these are two 2 hour and 15 minute exams, and one 1 hour and 30 minute exam. There is no coursework on this course. However, your performance during practicals will be assessed.
You will be required to do a minimum of 36 hours of work experience. This is usually completed in a week during your first year in term time, where you will have the opportunity to explore a career field which takes your interest. In the lead-up to this week, you will be asked to create an exciting CV during a group tutorial period. The aim of this activity is to give you an idea of what full-time employment is like and to help you think about which career you would like to follow.
What can I do next?
Studying biology can lead to many exciting career opportunities in the very varied fields of medicine, genetics, health care, forensics, sports science and environmentalism, to name but a few. The transferable skills you will learn, such as problem solving, are also useful for many other areas, such as law.Apply for this course
Course information last updated: Tuesday 12th November 2019 @ 10.50am (5 days ago)