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Biology AS Biology builds on your knowledge and understanding of the concepts of Biology from GCSE. You will be made aware of the advances in biotechnology, be able to discuss the value and responsible use of Biology in society and you will have the opportunity to sustain and develop your enjoyment of science. It can lead to careers in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and to a wide range of university courses including Ecology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biotechnology and even Law. If you wish to pursue a Biology course at University, then you are advised to take Chemistry at AS too. Specific requirements Normal entry requirements for A level programme including a minimum Double Award Science* at higher tier (grade B or above) or GCSE Biology (grade B or above) and GCSE Maths (grade C or above). * This must be Core and Additional Science. Students who have taken Core and Applied Science will not be qualified to take this course and should consider one of the BTEC Applied Science courses instead. What will I study? AS Units Unit 1 - Biology and Disease: Study of Cells, Microscopes and Pathogens, the effect of human lifestyle on health, the Digestive System, Biochemistry, Enzymes, Tissues, the Blood, Heart and Exercise. Unit 2 - Variety of Living Organisms Protein Synthesis, Mitosis and The Cell Cycle, DNA, Ecology. Unit 3 - Investigative and Practical Skills. A2 Units Unit 4 - Populations and Environment: Inheritance, Evolution and Ecosystems, Genetics, Causes and Reasons For Variation, Selection and Evolution of Species, The Biochemistry of Photosynthesis and Respiration, Ecology. Unit 5 - Control in Cells and in Organisms: Transport In Plants, Homeostasis, Gas Exchange, Digestion, Nervous System, Receptors and Effectors, Muscle Contraction, DNA and Genetic Code. Unit 6 - How Science works. Assessment Unit 1 - Biology & Disease - exam taken in January of AS year. Unit 2 - The Variety of Living Organisms - exam taken in June of AS year. Unit 3 - Practical Assessment, completed during first two terms of AS year. Unit 4 - Population and Environment - exam taken in January of A2 year. Unit 5 - Control in Cells and Organisms - exam taken in June of A2 year. Unit 6 - Two parts - coursework completed in first two terms of AS and an exam taken at the very end of the course Where does it lead To a wide variety of university courses, especially in the scientific, medical or environmental fields. It can be a very useful starting point for many biologically related careers such as Medicine, Dentistry, Environmental Studies or Science Education.

Biology AS Biology builds on your knowledge and understanding of the concepts of Biology from GCSE. You will be made aware of the advances in biotechnology, be able to discuss the value and responsible use of Biology in society and you will have the opportunity to sustain and develop your enjoyment of science. It can lead to careers in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and to a wide range...

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