Are you interested in living organisms and how they influence the world around you? Are you the new David Attenborough or the new Dr Alice Roberts? If so, Biology will be the perfect subject for you â€¦
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
During your first year you will study the structure of different types of cells and learn how these interact to form functioning tissues, organs and systems. Learning is divided into topics such as â€˜Cell structureâ€™, â€˜Transport in Animalsâ€™ and â€˜Communicable Diseases.â€™
The second year of the course allows you to cultivate your knowledge about mammalian and plant physiology, genetics, gene technology and cloning. Throughout the course you will be making links to develop your understanding of the dynamic and interactive nature of Biology.
At the end of Y12 there is a residential field trip to Bangor University, where you will have the opportunity to experience student life and study the Biodiversity and Ecosystems topics. There will also be opportunities to attend talks from professional biologists such as Doctors and Research Scientists.
At the end of the course you will sit three written papers which contribute to your overall grade. Practical work does not contribute to your final grade, but the development of practical skills will be essential to obtain your practical endorsement; a component that will be important if you wish to study a Science subject at University.
FUTURE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
Many Biology students continue into higher education, with Biology degrees leading to a wide variety of careers. These include Ecologist, Higher Education lecturer, Microbiologist, Nature Conservation Officer, Pharmacologist, Research Scientist (life sciences), Research Scientist (medical), Secondary School Teacher, Soil Scientist,, Dentist, General Practice Doctor, Health Promotion Specialist, Science Writer.
Biology may be combined with a wide variety of subjects but students should be aware that A-Level Chemistry is necessary for Medical and Veterinary courses and also for the majority of other Biological degrees. Some leading Dental Schools allow a third non-science A-Level subject only if Biology has been taken in addition to Chemistry.
To study an A-level programme you will need to achieve 5 GCSEs grade A* – C, including English and Maths. For Biology you will also need a B grade in Additional Science or triple Science Biology.
This subject is a linear course and will take two years to complete.
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