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Biology

A level

Of all the sciences, advances in Biology have been unprecedented over recent years and promise to continue to be so in the future. Many of these advances and issues surrounding them have been integrated into our Biology syllabus, such as the growing field of epigenetics and genomic medicine, all while tackling big issues such as the ethics of using animal models in medical research.

On this dynamic, exciting and contemporary course, you will study a range of topics from molecules to ecosystems, and everything in between. You will focus on our physical bodies, looking at how the human body functions when both well and unwell, why the Government are so keen for us to exercise and exploring heart physiology and drugs in sport; you will also explore the psychology of our bodies, debating the issue of nature versus nurture. There is also significant overlap with Geography as you learn about ecosystems, succession, conservation of species and climate change.

Biology remains a popular subject amongst sixth form students studying a range of courses. A significant amount of the content we will teach you appears regularly in current affairs and our teachers and students love the relevant and contemporary feel of the course.  

Course Content

Biology examines how molecules, cells and organs work, how the diversity of life has come about through evolution and how organisms operate in their environment. There is a strong emphasis on the human side of the subject; particularly applications of biology in medicine, industry and the environment.

Year 1

You will study the heart and circulation, looking at research into risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease. You will study biomolecules, cell transport and genetics as well as developing skills for presenting an argument on ethical issues. You will investigate how organisms develop from a single fertilised egg to a whole multicellular organism, including DNA, protein synthesis and epigenetics.

Year 2

You will study ecosystems, biological forensics, DNA profiling, infectious diseases and the issues surrounding global warming. You will look at respiration, homeostasis, the nervous system, visual development, hormones and how the Human Genome Project is helping to find new treatments for brain disorders. By the end of the course you will be able to demonstrate and apply the knowledge, understanding and skills you have developed, as well as being able to interpret and evaluate a range of scientific information, ideas and evidence.


Assessment

  • 100% Exam
  • Exam Board: Edexcel

Special Features

Taught by a team of highly experienced teachers, this is a very wide-ranging and contemporary course, which is extremely relevant to our students and the lives they lead.

We have developed close links with the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge and AstraZeneca on the Addenbrookes campus, and participate in site visits whenever possible.

Med Squad

The Long Road Science department has designed our unique Med Squad programme to support students aspiring to study medicine. Joining our bespoke Med Squad programme means our Science department will work with you from the very moment you start studying at Long Road to support you in preparing for medical school applications.

Our Med Squad team will meet with you twice a term to help you organise work experience using our strong links with Addenbrookes Hospital and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. You will also take part in workshops run by University of Cambridge medical students who will guide you in looking at university open days, preparing for the UCAT / BMAT entry assessment tests and working on your UCAS personal statement.

You will meet with current medical students who will mentor you in preparing for medical school interviews and take part in a practice interview session with our Senior Management Team, based on the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) model popular with the majority of UK medical schools.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4 including GCSE English.
  • Grade 6 in higher tier GCSE Maths.
  • Grade 6,6 in higher tier GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science.
  • Grade 6 in at least two GCSE Sciences, including Biology, if studied separately.

Please note; you may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2021/2022 course costs. 

After Long Road

There is an exceptionally wide range of careers available to Biology students. These range from lab-based or field work research anywhere in the world to medical and health related careers.

Students who recently completed their course with us are taking…

  • Genetics at Birmingham University,
  • Dentistry at Bristol University,
  • Medicine at Keele University,
  • Biomedical Sciences at Manchester University,
  • Biology at Nottingham University
  • Zoology at Southampton University.

We have also had students move onto apprenticeship courses in the scientific field.

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