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Biology

Entry Requirements:
At least 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 or A*-C, preferably a B/6 in Maths, plus grade BB/66 or above in Science with a minimum average of 43 GCSE points.

Why Should You Take This Course?
Biology covers a wide range of different topics from developments in medicine to the study of the environment. It is a rapidly developing science with recent advances in fields such as artificial life.
It is essential in overcoming major concerns such as antibiotic resistance and food production to meet the needs of an expanding population.


Course content
During the course you will cover the
following topics:
Year 1
Biological molecules
Cells
Organisms exchange substances with their environment
Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

Year 2
Energy transfers in and between organisms
Organisms responses to changes in their internal and external environments
Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
The control of gene expression

How will I be assessed?
There will be 3 exams at the end of the 2 years.
Paper 1: 2 hour exam with 91 marks worth 35%
Any content from topics 1-4, including relevant practical skills
Paper 2: 2 hour exam with 91 marks worth 35%
Any content from topics 5-8, including relevant practical skills
Paper 3: 2 hour exam with 78 marks worth 30%
Any content from topics 1-8, including relevant practical skills and practical techniques
Transferable skills - You will also develop the ability to interpret data, investigate facts and draw conclusions. You will take part in group work and discussions and develop independent study skills.

What could I do next?
It is an essential course for anyone considering a career in medicine, veterinary science or dentistry. It is a good choice for forensic science, pharmacy and nursing. It also leads to zoology, marine biology and many other disciplines.
It is a good combination with many other subjects such as Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Maths, PE, English and Sociology.


How to apply for this course

2018-2019 ENTRY: Apply for this course by completing an online form
2018-2019 ENTRY: Download an Application Form to fill in and post