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Is this subject right for me? Do you have a curiosity about the natural world around you? Are you keen to explore how things work in the biological world by the application of imaginative and logical thinking? Do you enjoy exploring your ideas through practical work and fieldwork? Biology is an ideal choice for students with an interest and curiosity about the diversity and origins of the living world around them. The A Level Biology course aims to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the ways in which living organisms function. It focuses on the interactions of living organisms with their environment. Perhaps you have enjoyed natural history programmes on television, seen some of the technological developments in genetic modifications or fertility treatment reported in the news or heard debates about the impact of human activity on the environment. If you are inspired to think more about these issues, then Biology could be for you! In Biology you will develop practical skills by planning experiments, collecting data, analysing experimental results and making critical conclusions. You will also learn how scientific models are developed, the applications and implications of science, the benefits and risks that science brings and the ways in which society uses science to make decisions. Studying Biology is a good entry route into a variety of careers. Many students go on to study for Science or Environmental degrees. Biology is a natural choice for students aiming for careers in Medicine, Veterinary science or Paramedical subjects such as Osteopathy and Physiotherapy. Biology can lead to Nursing, teaching or more technical vocational qualifications. Skills such as the ability to think logically and analytically, to work independently or in groups and to present ideas clearly orally and in writing are widely valued by employers. A wide variety of students study Biology - and not just those with aspirations to be the scientists of the future! They combine it with complementary subjects such as Chemistry, Physics, PE and Geography, or choose it for contrast with subjects such as English, Art or Philosophy. What is the course content? AS Biology is divided into 3 units. Units 1 and 2 are assessed by examination and Unit 3 is externally assessed through coursework. Unit 1: - You will learn more about some of the human body systems and how the kinds of lifestyle choices, such as diet and exercise, put you more, or less, at risk of suffering from disease. You will find out how some parts of the body work, for example, about the lungs and how materials are transported around the body, and the role of enzymes. Unit 2 - You will learn that your physical characteristics have been determined by your genetic makeup and influenced by the environment. In doing so, you will learn some cell biology, about the two main types of cell division and the purpose of each type, and about sexual reproduction. You will study how there came to be so many different types of organisms in the world, ranging from microscopic organisms such as viruses to huge mammals such as whales. This unit explains the term biodiversity, and also the concept of natural selection and how it can lead to adaptation which drives evolution. You will also learn about plants and their structure, and how the properties of some plants may be used to tackle issues such as sustainability. A level Biology has a similar 3 unit structure to AS. Units 4 and 5 are assessed by examination and Unit 6 is internally assessed through coursework. Unit 4 - Global warming and climate change are buzzwords that appear in media headlines and have been the source of much controversy and political divide. You will learn about the different types of evidence for global warming and the possible causes of it, and the effect it will have on animals and plants. You will also learn about ecology, photosynthesis and speciation. Unit 5 - In this unit you will build on your knowledge about joints a

Is this subject right for me? Do you have a curiosity about the natural world around you? Are you keen to explore how things work in the biological world by the application of imaginative and logical thinking? Do you enjoy exploring your ideas through practical work and fieldwork? Biology is an ideal choice for students with an interest and curiosity about the diversity and origins of the living...

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