Oxford City Centre,
Oxford, OX1 1SA
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This course can be studied as part of the Science Pathway.
If you want to learn more about biology, this A-level, combining theoretical and practical work, can increase your understanding.
It covers a range of topics, including cells and molecules, and develops your practical and research skills. You will also learn theories on the contribution of science to economy and society.
This course can lead to future study in the areas of veterinary, medical studies, biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, general biological, plant animal and environmental sciences.
Vocational science route: If you wish to study more practical applied science, you can apply to study our BTEC Level 3 Applied Science Extended Diploma. Both of these courses incorporate units of study covering physics, biology and chemistry.
What I'll learn
Your study will include the following biological topics:
- Unit 1: Cells exchange and transport
- Unit 2: Molecules, biodiversity, food and health
- Unit 3: Practical skills in biology
- Unit 4: Communication, homeostasis and energy
- Unit 5: Control genomes and environment
- Unit 6: Practical skills in biology two.
How I'll learn
You will study scientific theory and conduct practical work. You will learn how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how science contributes to the success of economy and society.
How I'll be assessed
Your study will be a combination of practical and theoretical work. You will be taught by our experienced staff in fully equipped classrooms. Part of your study will involve a live dissection. You will be taught in our well-equipped laboratories. The course also includes a residential field trip.
You will have your own specialist personal tutor, who you will meet individually or as part of a tutorial and they will help you set review and achieve your targets. There is an extensive programme of support to help you make higher education decisions and moving on to university. The vast majority of A-level students progress successfully to higher education.
There is an extensive programme of enrichment opportunities on offer and you will be encouraged to select from a range including volunteering, work experience, sports and performing. For those of you considering a career in healthcare, we arrange for visiting speakers from healthcare professions to come and speak to students.
You will need a minimum of six GCSEs at grade 5 or above including English Language at 5, and including maths and science at grade 6 or above.
How to Apply
You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:
- Register for our online service and verify your account
- Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application
As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.
Printed application forms are also available.
Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.