North Bristol Post 16 Centre

North Bristol Post 16 Centre

North Bristol Post 16 Centre

Cotham and Redland Green Learning Communities

Biology


Awarding Body

Edexcel

A Level

100% examination plus a ‘Practical Endorsement’ qualification internally assessed as pass/ fail

Minimum requirement for entry onto the course

Centre entry requirements + 2 x grade 6 in either combined or separate sciences (not applied science), including biology, and a grade 6 in maths

 

Why should I follow this course?

This course will enable you to explore both the wonders and the frailties of living organisms and the environments and ecosystems they occupy. It will enable you to appreciate how society makes decisions about biology-related issues and how these decisions affect the well-being of both our economy and society as a whole. Your studies will enable you to develop practical and investigative skills and compare these to how scientists work in current research contexts.

  

What will you learn?

 You will study the following topics in A-Level Biology:

  •  Topic 1 - Lifestyle, health and risk
  •  Topic 2 - Genes and health
  • Topic 3 - Voice of the genome
  • Topic 4 - Biodiversity and natural resources
  • Topic 5 - On the wild side
  • Topic 6 - Immunity, infection and forensics
  • Topic 7 - Run for your life
  • Topic 8 - Grey matter

 

What learning and teaching methods will be used?

A full range of teaching strategies are used to engage your interest and enthusiasm for the biological world. Through independent learning, group work, discussion and practical activities you will develop a range of scientific skills and a thorough understanding of biological concepts. We utilise a wide range of paper based and ICT resources and there is also a range of online activities specifically designed to support this course, which can be accessed independently.

 

What can I do with my qualification?

Biology A level is excellent preparation for studying a range of degree programmes including medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, pharmacology, physiology, ecology and environmental science. A-Level Biology students learn and develop skills that allow them to communicate, analyse, criticise, argue and discuss. They are numerate and literate and are able to present data and information in a variety of different ways. These are invaluable skills for further study of any degree discipline and for all lines of work. 

 

What minimum qualifications will I need?

Centre entry requirements + 2 x grade 6 in either combined or separate sciences (not applied science), including biology, and a grade 6 in maths

 

Examination Board:

Edexcel Biology A (Salters-Nuffield)