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Biology

Course Type:

Linear

Exam Board:

 OCR
H420

Requirements:

7 in Core and Additional Science or Biology 
(GCSE Level)

Aims of the course 

  • Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other 
  • Develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods 
  • Develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills 
  • Develop an interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject 
  • Understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society. 

What will I learn? 

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology (practical endorsement for the A-level)
  • Module 2 – Foundations in biology
  • Module 3 – Exchange and transport
  • Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease
  • Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy
  • Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

Highlights 

  • During the course we have a number of off-site field work activities
  • You will have the opportunity to attend a biomedical day at Warwick University
  • You will have the opportunity to enter the Biology Olympiad 

Future Opportunities 

  • The study of Biology at this level obviously leads to a wide variety of careers including medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, physiotherapy etc.
  • Allows you to further your knowledge in Biological or environmental courses at degree level. 

Student Focus: Lottie

“The ever-evolving knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms that enable our survival is one of the best parts of this subject for me."

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Why did you choose Biology?

I wanted to know more about our body's anatomy and phsyiological processes, and learn about the cells and molecules that make us up.  The level of detail is fascinating and the variety of topics ensures that it is always interesting and engaging; from how the structure of the kidneys allows for water regulation, to the code of DNA molecules, to conservation practical work.  I have also loved learning about the brain and how electrical impulses (action potentials) are transmitted around the body.  Biology really engages you in the basic principles of science which can be applied to many ordinary everyday concepts, such as how drugs like Piriton reduce the effects of Hayfever by preventing histamine from binding to its specific receptors. 

What skills has it helped you to develop?

I will be studying Physiotherapy at university, and Biology is essential for a thorough understanding of the human anatomy and its interconnected processes.  English Literature has also been helpful in terms of being able to effectively communicate my analytical and critical thinking skills.