AS/A Level Biology
Type: Full Time
Qualification: AS/A level Download PDF details
The world is currently undergoing a biological revolution! With modern advances in molecular biology, scientists have been able to make significant advances in genetics, medicine, agriculture and biotechnology. As a result topics like genetic engineering are rarely out of the news.
Studying Biology will give you a greater understanding of traditional areas of biology and these topical issues.
Within the first year you will study many basic concepts in biology including:
Chemical elements and molecules
Cells and transport
Evolutionary relatedness and biodiversity
Gas exchange and digestion
The second year will build on the first year modules and topics that are covered include:
Genetics and inheritance
There are four options in the second year which are:
Immunology and Disease
Biology is an exciting and relevant area of science which is currently experiencing huge growth! An introduction to biology, including disease the digestive system and gas exchange system is followed by a study of the great variety of living organisms. Investigative and practical skills are also assessed. In the second year, we study populations and environment (including how humans affect the planet's ecology), leading on to an investigation of control in cells and organisms (homeostasis and genetics), together with more practical skills. A variety of teaching methods are used including formal lessons, working in groups, practical and fieldwork. Assessment is through written examination and practical work.
Course Structure & Teaching Methods
Learning will be structured so that a variety of teaching methods will be used. These include theory lessons, practical lessons, group work and independent research. There will also be use of e-learning resources.
AS level may be available in this subject.
At the end of year 2 - three written exams in May/June, each lasting 2 hours. Students will maintain a record of their practical work which will receive a written endorsement at the end of the course, but is not part of the assessment.
Information & Support
Cost: You will be expected to purchase the course textbook and you may also be required to contribute costs for relevant trips e.g. ecology field courses, revision conferences etc. (approx. cost £10-£30 per trip) and learning materials. Although these trips will be optional, we would highly recommend that all students participate on this course. Other resources e.g. revision guides, Biological Sciences Review magazine, will be available to purchase.
Biology is a specified subject for some Higher Education courses. It is accepted by the Russell group universities as a traditional subject. With Chemistry and/or other Sciences, it forms an excellent foundation for those wishing to follow a career in biology, medicine, agriculture, pharmacy, environmental science, behavioural sciences, ecology, marine biology, teaching, biochemistry, physiotherapy, forensics, veterinary science or dentistry and also for non-scientific careers as it provides many transferrable skills.
A Level Biology can be combined with the Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care.