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Biology

A level

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.

Please note; may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2020 Course Costs.

Course Content

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.


Assessment

  • 100% exam

Special Features

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.
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