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A Level Course

Biology

What is Biology?

Vast, exciting and concerning every living thing on the planet – subjects don’t come much more fundamental than Biology. This course is all about the study of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, evolution, distribution, identification and taxonomy. If you want to think big, make your mark and work at the cutting edge of Science, Biology could be for you. Biologists are making an increasing contribution to ensuring the world becomes a healthier and safer place.

What Will You Study?

Studying this course will give you a well-rounded understanding of Biology. In your first year, you will study Biological molecules, cells, organisms exchanging substances with their environment and genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms. In your second year, you will study energy transfers in and between organisms, how organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments, genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems and the control of gene expression.
Covering these topics means you’ll have the chance to build your knowledge of the explanations for life processes.
You’ll also get to put your numerical skills to use, through arithmetic and numerical computation, handling data, algebra, graphs, geometry and trigonometry, whilst getting access to the kind of scientific instrumentation that you will find in the industry, which will stand you in good stead wherever your career path takes you.

What Next?

Studying Biology will provide you with an excellent opportunity to develop skills that will transfer to a wide range of careers. At university, you can go on to study science related degree courses such as Biochemistry, Conservation, Dentistry, Ecology, Marine Biology, Medicine, Neuroscience, Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Sports Science, Veterinary Science, and many more! The career opportunities are not limited to these as many of our students have left Newman and progressed to degrees in Accounting, Art, Business, Drama, English, Modern Foreign Languages, Law
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Exam Board

AQA

Entry Requirements

At least two 5s and three 4s at GCSE, including at least a 5 in GCSE Maths and GCSE English Language and at least a 6 in both GCSE Core and Additional Science, or a 6 in GCSE Biology and one other GCSE Science.

Course Type

A Level

What other subjects go well with this subject?

Chemistry, Maths, Psychology and Physics.

 

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