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Biology A Level (Year 1)
Qualification:
 
Date:
September 
Days:
TBA 
Study Mode
Full Time 
Assessment:
Practical Assessment and Exams 
Level:
Area:
A-Levels & Science Dental & Pharmacy 
Course Code:
HDSBY1 
 
Entry Requirements
5 GCSEs at A* - C, including English Language. Must also include B in Mathematics, B in Biology or B in Double Science or Single Science and Additional Science. Attendance at an A Level information event.
 
 

Biology A Level (Year 1)

This course is aimed at students who wish to cover key biological theories and processes to further their knowledge from science GCSE's.


About the Course

This course will suit you if you wish to have career or study a degree in a biological science and will enable you get an introduction to more complex theory than you will have covered at GCSE as well as develop the necessary practical and analytical skills needed for further study. Examinations are at the end of two years, so will require a thorough understanding the different topics and you will enjoy the intellectual challenge of the work.


Key Units

What will I learn?
In year one you will study the key concepts of Biology such as:

  • Biological molecules (proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, enzymes, nucleic acids)
  • Cells and cell structure and membranes
  • Transport (osmosis, diffusion, active transport) as well as plant transport
  • The cardiovascular system
  • The gas exchange system

You will also cover an ecology module and look at evolution and explain the immune response in infectious disease as well as look at non-infectious diseases such as coronary heart disease. 

During the second year you will study topics such as:
  • Nervous and hormonal control of systems
  • The biochemistry of respiration and photosynthesis, 
  • Excretion
  • Genetics and gene technology (cloning, and genetic engineering)
  • Ecology 

Practical work features heavily on the course and you will complete a series of practicals to fulfil the practical endorsement aspect of the course. 

What else will I gain?
You will develop practical and investigative skills as well as numerical skills (10% of the Biology A Level). You will have the opportunity for group work developing communication skills as well as literacy – to interpret questions and provide logical answers.



Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at A* - C, including English Language. Must also include B in Mathematics, B in Biology or B in Double Science or Single Science and Additional Science. Attendance at an A Level information event.


Assessment

There will be exams at the end of two years (plus a compulsory practical endorsement portfolio which does not count to the final A Level grade but is required to study any science related degree at University) 


Where does this Lead

Many of our science A Level students’ progress to university to continue their studies in a variety of course areas. Biology could prepare you for a wide range of scientific careers including medicine, veterinary science, genetics, forensic science, ecology or agriculture. Some students go on to scientific careers in industrial or medical laboratories via apprenticeships. Even if you don’t end up as a scientist, the skills you develop will be relevant to a wide range of careers.


Tell Me More

Why study this course at The Sheffield College? 
All classes are delivered in purpose built laboratories. You will learn from specialist highly qualified staff with a range of academic and science work related backgrounds.


Personal study time:
A Level students are expected to devote as much time outside the classroom to their studies as in lessons. Homework is set on a regular basis and it is expected that students will work independently of set work in order to broaden their knowledge.