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Biology

Course aims

This course will equip you with the knowledge and practical skills to study biology or a related subject at university.

Entry requirements

You will require at least two 6 grades in science GCSEs (or minimum 665 including biology at 6 if separate sciences studied) plus grade 6 in maths, in addition to the general entry requirements for A levels.

Course content

Unit 1 - Development of Practical Skills in Biology

Learners carry out practicals throughout the course and develop various skills which will then be examined.

Unit 2 - Foundations in Biology

Topics include biological molecules, cell structure and membranes, enzymes and cell division.

Unit 3 - Exchange and Transport

Topics include qualitative, quantitative and evaluative practical tasks carried out under supervised conditions.

Unit 4 - Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease

Topics include disease prevention and the immune system, biodiversity, classification and evolution.

Unit 5 - Communication, Homeostasis and Energy

Topics include the nervous system, the kidney and liver, respiration, photosynthesis and muscles.

Unit 6 - Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems

Topics include cellular control, inheritance, biotechnology, cloning, genetic engineering and sustainability.

Course assessment

Written examinations. Students will additionally complete a practical endorsement which does not contribute to their overall grade and is pass/fail.

Materials

Recommended textbooks and Internet sites to be advised by your tutor. All students will be able to borrow a textbook from the library and all practical equipment will be provided. You will need to buy a scientific calculator.

Progress

Higher Education to study biology, medicine, dentistry, veterinary and other related science courses.

 
 

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