AS and A Level in
Biology

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Biology is a diverse and popular subject. Covering topical issues, such as medical science, genetic engineering, biotechnology, and the environment, you’ll develop an essential knowledge and understanding of some of its key areas. 

A Level Biology builds on your understanding and appreciation of scientific methods, while developing your confidence in practical skills,  mathematics and problem solving. This encourages you to take an interest in global scientific issues and new developments.

Course Content

The course at Loughborough College uses scientific, practical teaching and investigation wherever possible to ensure that you gain maximum enjoyment and become an enthusiastic biologist.

Year 1:

  • Biological molecules
  • Microscopy and cell structure of bacteria, plants, and animals
  • Cell division
  • Transport across cell membranes
  • Cell recognition and immunity
  • The importance of a gas exchange system in living organisms
  • Human gas exchange and what happens when things go wrong
  • Digestion of absorption of the food we eat
  • Cardiovascular system and oxygen carriage
  • DNA, genes, and chromosomes
  • Genetic diversity and mutation
  • Genetic diversity and adaptation
  • Classification of species
Year 2
  • Photosynthesis
  • Energy transfer in an ecosystem
  • Respiration
  • Nutrient cycling
  • Responding to changes in the environment in different organisms
  • Nervous co-ordination
  • Muscles and muscle contraction
  • Homeostasis: controlling blood glucose and water level
  • Inheritance
  • Populations and evolution
  • Control of gene expression
  • Gene technology

    Features/Benefits

    Biology can be taken as part of a science-based programme, combined with Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics. Biology can also add a scientific element to a humanities-based programme.

    Entry Requirements

    • GCSE Maths and Science (Double Science or two “traditional” sciences) at grade 6
    • All Loughborough Sixth Form College courses have minimum entry requirements of at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Language and Maths.

    Assessment Methods

    AS = 2 x 1.5 hour exams

    A-Level = 3 x 2 hour exams

    You will complete 12 compulsory practical’s over the two years and a number of skills will be assessed by your teacher. This will make up the practical endorsement.

    Progression Opportunities

    A Level Biology will prepare you for further study and careers in a variety of disciplines, from medicine, physiotherapy, and biochemistry to nursing, food science, and zoology.

    6th Form FAQs

    DO YOU OFFER THE EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION (EPQ)?

    • Yes, but only to Year 2 students who have demonstrated in Year 1 that they have the academic ability to cope with this extra research project.

    HOW MANY A LEVEL SUBJECTS DO I NEED TO TAKE?

    • You will need to choose three subjects minimum with a maximum of 4. See page 5 for more details on subject choices.

    I’M INTERESTED IN A LEVELS BUT I’M NOT SURE WHICH ONES

    • That’s okay! We know that deciding on A Levels can be a long process and that you can change your mind—a lot.

      When you initially apply, we’ll ask you for your options, but you’re not tied down to these subjects. We’ll confirm your final choices at a later date.


    DO I HAVE TO STUDY THE SUBJECT I WANT TO STUDY AT UNIVERSITY AS AN A LEVEL?

    • Not always; it depends on your chosen university course. Subjects like Medicine and Architecture have very specific entry requirements, whereas you can study Psychology or Law at university without having studied them at A Level. Check university entry requirements to see if they are asking for specific subjects.

    ARE A LEVELS THE ONLY ROUTE INTO UNIVERSITY?

    • No. We also offer Level 3 BTEC Extended Diplomas, which are the equivalent to three A Levels and many universities accept them as an alternative.

    CAN I STUDY 3 A LEVELS AND BE A PART OF THE ACADEMY OF SPORT PROGRAMME?

    CAN I STUDY A DIPLOMA IN SPORT AND ONE A LEVEL?

    • Yes, but it is only recommended for high-performing students due to the demands that both courses will place on timetable and ability. We will need to ensure that your combination is suitable for future progression and doesn’t clash on the timetable.

    Disclaimer

    Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information contained on this website is correct, the College accepts no liability for any errors or omissions. Please note that details are subject to change without notice with regard to the provision of courses, course times and dates and the fees and charges levied.

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    Key Facts

    Dates:

    • September 2018

    Mode of Attendance:

    • Full or Part Time

    Level:

    3

    Course Duration:

    2 Years

    Programme Costs:

    • The fees for this course are currently being confirmed.

    Please contact Student Recruitment for more information.

    College Course Code:

    • 18/19ASQBIO

    Awarding Body:

    AQA

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