You will be taught through a mixture of theory and experimental work, supported by independent study using online resources. You will be prepared well both for written papers and practical assessment.
What are the entry requirements?
To study biology at this level you need to have a grade 6 or better in GCSE biology or grade 6 or better in GCSE additional science, having studied for the higher tier papers. You also need to have a grade 5 or better in GCSE Maths, in addition to the general entry requirements. If you wish to study biological or medical sciences at university, you must take A level chemistry alongside biology. Be aware that the exams for this course include 20% of marks for applying higher level GCSE maths skills to data about Biology. New maths skills e.g. statistical tests are taught as part of the course.
What opportunities will this lead to?
Biology students go on to Higher Education courses, studying a variety of life science related degrees e.g. health and clinical professions such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry, or nursing. Many students combine A Level Biology and Chemistry. A Level Chemistry is usually required for Biology degrees. Many A Level Biology students progress to Apprenticeships and some to direct employment.
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