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Biology AS/A2 Level
What will you be learning?

Biology is a vast and increasingly important subject in today’s world, encompassing many topics at the frontiers of modern science. It is relevant to everyone’s life - consider the role of health and fitness, medical science, food and drink production and our interactions with the natural world. It helps you understand some of the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of life on our planet - from the exciting advances recently made in genetics to the importance of conserving species which have existed through long periods of time; from how our bodies work to what the inside of a cell actually looks like.


Lifestyle, Transport, Genes and Health - Biological Molecules, Transport Mechanism Within Cells, The Heart and Blood Circulation, Diet - Lifestyle and the Cardiovascular System, Health - Risk and Treatments, DNA and the Genetic Code and Genetic issues e.g. Screening and TGene Therapy.

Development, Plants and the Environment - Cell Structure, Cell Division and Specialisation in Plants and Animals, Stem Cell Research, Biodiversity - Natural Resources and Conservation of Endangered Species and Natural Selection.

Practical Biology and Research Skills - Pupils write a report linked to a visit to a site of biological interest (max 2000 words).
Practical skills will be assessed throughout the year by the subject teacher.


The Natural Environment and Species Survival - Investigating Habitats, Energy Transfer, How Photosynthesis Really Works, The Role of the Scientific Community in Evaluating Scientific Evidence e.g. for Evolution and Global Warming, DNA Analysis and Profiling, Bacteria and Viruses, Infectious Diseases and Immunology.

Energy, Exercise and Coordination - How muscles really work, The Biochemistry of Respiration (energy release), Improving Body Performance, Homeostasis, Hormonal Coordination, The Nervous System, Brain Structure and Development, Imbalances in Brain Chemistry and Issues in Drug Development.

Practical Biology and Investigative Skills - Pupils will complete a written report of an experimental investigation, which they have devised and carried out. The investigation will be carried out during a Field Trip to the Isle of Wight to study the rocky shore at Bembridge (in July of Year 12).

Enrichment Activities: A field course is arranged as well as other day trips related to the subject matter.

When? Start date: September.
Duration: 2 years.
How is it delivered? Full-time.
Availability: Current and continuing.
Time Slot: Daytime.

Who can do it? Age range: 16 - 19.

What will you be working towards?
Qualification: EDEXCEL Level 3 Advanced GCE in Biology (500/2593/4).
Awarding Body: EDEXCEL.
Type: A2 Level.
Sector: Science .

Qualification: EDEXCEL Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Biology (500/2626/4).
Awarding Body: EDEXCEL.
Type: AS Level.
Sector: Science .

What happens when you have finished?
You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses that may overlap with Biology such as Chemistry and Physics or more general subjects that may not relate to the sciences. You could also take it to prepare for higher education, or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Biology, which could lead onto other science related subjects or more general higher education courses.

With further training, you could go into a job related to Biology such as Medicine, Nursing, Veterinary Science, Biotechnology, Forensics, Education, Science Technology, Sports Science, Business Science, Marine Biology to name a few.

You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Where Can I Find More Information?
To find out more about this qualification, contact our Admissions Manager at or by phone on 01892 520902, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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