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Biology A Level

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code Bio
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Each of the four units use a real-life context, through a storyline or contemporary issue, to provide a back-drop and a scaffold upon which to learn the biological theory. Core practicals will aim to develop your confidence in important practical skills, knowledge and understanding of the scientific method as well as mathematical and problem solving skills relevant to the study of Biology. 


Unit 1: Lifestyle, Transport, Genes and Health

Topic 1 introduces the risks to health, our perception of risk and how our genetics and lifestyle choices can increase our risk of developing cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis, CHD and Stroke.

Topic 2 introduces how changes in our DNA can lead to genetic diseases, using the example of Cystic Fibrosis.

Unit 2: Development Plants and the Environment

Topic 3 looks at gamete structure and function and their role in fertilisation.

Topic 4 will allow you to consider the importance of the biodiversity on Earth and how it came about. There is particular emphasis on how humans have relied on plants throughout history.

Unit 3: The Natural Environment and Species Survival

In Topic 5, we critically evaluate the evidence for climate change and its impacts on ecosystems. The molecular biology of photosynthesis and how the biochemical energy made by plants filters through the ecosystem. Topic 6 looks at how a dead body can provide evidence for forensic biologists as they try to identify a person and decide how and when they died.

Unit 4: Energy, Exercise and Co-ordination

Topic 7 looks at joints, movement and the detailed mechanism of muscle contraction. Respiration and the various energy systems that supply energy to muscles is studied. Topic 8 looks at visual perception, both the detection of light by the retina and the development of vision in young animals. The structures and functions of the different brain regions and the use of imaging techniques is studied.

How will it be delivered?

PAPER 1      Units 1,2,3        2hours      100marks     33.3% of Overall Grade 

PAPER 2      Units 1,2,4        2hours      100marks     33.3% of Overall Grade 

PAPER 3      Units 1,2,3,4     2hours      100marks     33.3% of Overall Grade 

Entry requirements

Grades 666 in Separate Sciences


Grades 66 in Combined Science PLUS Grade 6 in Mathematics

Your next steps...

Skills Developed

  • Analysis
  • Research
  • Essay Writing
  • Problem-solving
  • Testing

Potential Career

• Bioengineering

  • Genetics
  • Forensic Science
  • Botany
  • Physiotherapy
  • Medicine
  • Veterinary Science

Why would this course suit me?

Are you naturally curious about understanding how biological systems work? Are you passionate about the natural world? If the answer is ‘yes’, and you meet the course requirements, then this course could be for you! Biology is the link between the physical and social sciences and a subject respected and desired by universities.

The Russell Group of Universities name Biology among its list of ‘facilitating subjects’.

How does this course link to other subjects?

Other subjects that traditionally complement the study of Biology include: Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics, Psychology, Physics and Physical Education / Sport BTEC. However, when paired with other subjects, such as English, Art, History or Languages, it can lead



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