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Level 3

Biology A-level

COURSE OVERVIEW

Biology is a course that develops essential knowledge and understanding of humans and other living organisms, along with vital practical and study skills. You will look at cell biochemistry, DNA technology, genetics, physiology and the interactions of humans with their environment. You will be made aware of recent advances, be able to discuss the value and responsible use of biology in society and have the opportunity to sustain and develop your enjoyment of science. Topics studied include: • Biological molecules. • Cells. • How organisms exchange substances with their environment. • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms. • Energy transfers between organisms. • How organisms respond to change in their internal and external environments. • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems. • The control of gene expression You will experience a range of learning activities that include whole group and small group work, note taking, discussions, presentations, practical work, independent research and use of ICT sources. There will be a field trip to help with some of the ecological and environmental work, other visits and some outside speakers.

FURTHER INFORMATION

You need a minimum of five GCSEs at 9-4, including grade 4 in English Language, grade 5 in Maths and double 6 in Science GCSE, or 6 in Biology plus a 6 in another Science. You need to be very confident with all biology topics covered at GCSE. You need good mathematical skills and communication skills. You need to enjoy problem solving and analysing scientific information.

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