A-Level Biology

Start date(s):
31 Aug 2020
Duration:
2 years
Level:
Level 3
Course Code:
1031001
Study Mode:
FT/PT
Attendance Type:
Campus
Attendance Pattern:
Daytime
Awarded by:
AQA (Assessment & Qualifications Alliance)
Location:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £1112 per year, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)
Funding

Overview

Biology is a topical and evolving subject. This course covers a variety of areas from evolution and ecosystems
to enzymes.

You will study biology and disease, the variety of living organisms, practical and investigative skills, populations and environment, and control in cells and organisms.

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Aims

  • Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
  • Develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • Develop confidence and competence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills
  • Understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

Modules

Core content:
  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Lectures
5

Delivery

Day and time of study will be confirmed before the start of your course.

Teaching & assessment

You will be taught by lecturers who are specialists in their subjects. Teaching is classroom based and involves group work and individual work. Independent study is essential outside of the classroom and frequent homework will be given.

You will sit monthly in-class assessments, for which you will receive extensive feedback, as well as other assessments throughout the academic year which will help you track your progress.


Terminal exams will be in May/June.

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Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Placement:

Work placements are an important part of the programme and you will be given assistance in finding a suitable position.

This A-Level, in combination with other subjects, could enable you to apply for a range of degree courses, such as Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Dentistry, Environmental Science, Medicine, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy or Veterinary Science.

Career opportunities in this subject area include Medicine, Dentistry, Biochemistry, Nursing, Forensic Science, Food Science and Biotechnology.

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Funding

Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

*Enrolling on their first full Level 3 Course -Free
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Fees and funding

Find out more about course fees and financial support for UK, EU and non-EU students, plus how to pay your fees.

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Interview Instructions

You will be invited into the College for an interview with one of our lecturers. You will also have the opportunity to take a tour of the College.
Further Education

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Entry Criteria

Ideally, you will hold a minimum of five GCSEs at A*-C (or equivalent), including maths and English.

You will need a grade 6 or above in GCSE English Language, maths, and Biology or Core and Additional Science (BB equivalent).

GCSE Applied Science is not an acceptable entry qualification for this subject.