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Biology (BIO-A)

2017 - New A level
Awarding Body - AQA
Additional course entry requirements
Grades ABB in GCSE sciences. Grades AB accepted if double science taken. Grade 6 in GCSE maths. GCSE applied science and BTEC science are not suitable foundations for this course.
Why biology?
You’ll learn about the complexity and diversity of life with such detail that you’ll become an expert in plant, bacterial and animal physiologies. Successful students will become problem-solvers, logical thinkers, and will be able to apply their advanced biological knowledge to unfamiliar contexts. Twelve compulsory experiments will produce practical scientists who can analyse data and evaluate methodologies expertly.
Many students go on to study biological, chemical, or environmental sciences. Others pursue courses in psychology, physiology, or sport sciences.Students with exceptional GCSE and A level grades go on to study the biological or natural sciences at Oxford or Cambridge, or vocational courses like medicine, veterinary sciences or dentistry.
Visits, guest speakers, essay competitions, university summer schools, the Biology Olympiad, as well as an expedition to Iceland are all available to our students.
Course content
You’ll begin with an in-depth analysis of the chemistry of biological molecules, then cellular biology, along with the functions of up to ten intra-cellular structures. From the microscopic to much larger systems, the transportation systems of plants, insects, fish and mammals are studied. Larger still, you’ll learn how diversity emerges in whole populations due to mutation and natural selection. The biochemistry of photosynthesis and respiration in ecosystems comes next, then homeostasis and the nervous systems of individual organisms. Ending where you began – at the molecular level – genetics, inheritance and the control of gene expression complete the course and this prepares you for studying the biological sciences at university.

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