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Biology A Level - Level 3

Overview

The Biology A Level will develop your knowledge of cells, organs, the treatment of disease and human evolution.

Understanding biology is the key to understanding the development of life. Finding cures for diseases, tackling environmental issues and solving crimes through forensics are just some of the important roles a biologist can play in society.

You can expect to develop a wealth of knowledge on biological molecules, cells, human physiology, genetics and the treatments of disease. This is just a small sample of the areas covered.

Based at the new Mansfield and Ashfield Sixth Form College, Chesterfield Road from September 2021.

Recommended courses to study alongside this A Level include:

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Entry requirements

Five GCSEs with at least grade 4/C including English language. Science with 65/BB (double science) or 6/B in Biology (if doing triple separate sciences) and with grade 5/C in maths.

You will need to supply a written reference from your school/college teacher and/or a current school or college report with an indication of your attendance pattern and achievements. This will need to be uploaded to your myVISION account by the end of May.

Following your application you will normally be offered a place to study A Levels subject to achieving the entry requirements and attending a welcome taster.

Start dates and fees

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September 20214673Apply online

How long is the course?

A Level qualifications last two years.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed primarily by examination scheduled for May/June at the end of the second year with some additional practical assessments.

Success rates

A Level Biology pass rate 2020 - 100%

What does the course lead to?

The A Level in biology is a highly-regarded qualification that can lead to further study for a degree in medicine, nursing, veterinary science or biochemistry at university. Careers in medical professions such as dentistry or physiotherapy are accessible, as is work in the environmental and pharmaceutical research fields.

What will I study?

There is a big focus on the various systems of the human body (respiratory, circulatory, nervous, digestive etc.), as well as up-to date information on genetic testing and diagnosis of disease. The course includes topical issues such as testing for viruses, genetic engineering, stem cells in medicine and the human impact on natural ecosystems.

An excursion to the North Yorkshire coast enables you to gain valuable practical experience of performing ecological research in the field.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

A degree in medicine, nursing, veterinary science, pharmacy, zoology or biochemistry. This can lead on to careers in medical professions such as dentistry, physiotherapy or pharmaceutical research.

How do I apply?

You don’t need to apply for each subject area you are interested in. Once we have received your application form we will invite you into college for an interview or audition where we will be able to discuss every aspect of the course you have chosen, as well as any alternatives you may be considering. You will also have the opportunity to visit the areas of the college used for your programme choice.

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100% A Level pass rate in 2020.

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