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Biology A-level - Level 3 - Full-time (North Devon)

Level:
Level 3 A-levels
Course Code:
FTB004
Location:
North Devon Campus
Duration:
Two years


We follow the OCR Biology A (H020) specification. This challenging and stimulating study programme develops your understanding through the study of a wide range of topics, including Cellular Structure, Physiology, Biochemistry and Gene Technology. Biology is exciting, relevant, can be controversial and is frequently in the news. You will learn through a range of stimulating activities.

Biology became my favourite subject and the one that I did best in; you had a massive role in that! I will always remember the songs and your very artistic drawings! I would like to say that you did inspire me and that you made me really enjoy not just human biology but ecology and plant biology, something that I did not think would happen! - Former Biology student.

FAQs  

In the first year, there are four modules:

Module 1:
This module concentrates on the development of practical skills, such as planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation. These skills are developed throughout the year through a wide range of practical investigations.

Module 2:
Foundations in Biology, includes cell structure, biological molecules, enzymes, membranes and transport, and the cell cycle.

Module 3:
Exchange and Transport looks at exchange surfaces, transport in animals and transport in plants.

Module 4:
Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease looks at diseases and immunity, biodiversity and classification, and, evolution. As part of this module we go on a field trip, making use of the excellent natural resources in North Devon, including the UNESCO biosphere reserve, to explore succession and sampling techniques.

In the second year, there are two modules:

Module 5:
Communication, Homeostasis and Energy. This includes excretion, neural and hormonal communication, plant and animal responses, photosynthesis and respiration.

Module 6:
Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems. This investigates cellular control, patterns of inheritance, manipulating genomes, cloning and biotechnology, ecosystems, populations and sustainability.

These will also be supported by a number of relevant practical investigations.
Externally assessed exams are taken in May/June.

The full A-level has three exams: The first examines module 1, 2, 3 and 5; the second assesses 1, 2, 4 and 6; and the third paper is synoptic and covers all the topics learnt over the two years of the course.

In addition, practical skills are assessed via the practical endorsement. This is reported separately, and is internally assessed throughout the two years. It is a Pass or Fail qualification.
To be accepted onto a two-year Level 3 programme, all entrants must hold at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and a grade 4 in GCSE English, as well as at least three other GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Certain subjects require a minimum of GCSE grade 6.

You will need a grade 6 in Biology or 6 in both Core Science and Additional Science.
Applied Science or Additional Applied Science will not be accepted as suitable alternatives.
This A-level is highly regarded by universities and employers, and combines well with Chemistry, Psychology, Geography, Environmental Science and Sport Science. Many students go on to university to study for careers such as medicine, veterinary science, ecology, pharmacology, microbiology, conservation, dentistry or physiotherapy. You could also progress to Petroc's Foundation Degree in Human Biosciences. Biologists work in the pharmaceutical industry, health-related and medical technician roles, in agriculture or environmental research.
We have a suite of spacious, well-equipped dedicated biology labs. Our labs all have fully interactive whiteboards and wireless internet capability. Students have access to class sets of laptops. Biology resources include advanced apparatus which allows students to perform cutting-edge processes such as PCR (polymerase chain reaction), used in DNA profiling. Home learning is supported by our continuously updated VLE.
Biology text book (approximately £20).
Biology field trip (approximately £7.50).
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.
Q: Is the content different to GCSE?
A: The main topic areas will be very familiar to you but you will find there is a lot more detail.

Q: Is A-level Biology hard?
A: Yes, it's a big step up from GCSE, but your teachers will give you all the help and support you need.

Q: What about Human Biology?
A: We no longer offer this because the Biology A-level is highly regarded by all universities and employers. The current syllabus includes a large proportion of Human Biology topics.

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