A Level

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Biology, A-Level HF-BIOLAL-D(0000)000

Havant Campus

Type of study
A Levels, Full Time

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

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Biology has led to major developments in areas such as food production, diagnosis and treatment of disease, enhancing sports performance, conservation and forensics.

If you are fascinated by the way plants, animals, micro-organisms and humans work then this is the ideal course for you.

A Level Biology will help you make sense of the living world around you. You will study the biology of plants and animals, human health and the wider natural environment. You will gain insights into how living organisms work and understand wider environmental issues in more detail.

It is essential that you have gained at least grade 6 in Biology and grade 6 in another science or 6-6 in double Science.

Part of the course will include Chemistry and 10% of the course is Mathematics. You do not need to follow these subjects at A Level, although a Grade 6 in GCSE Maths is required. As there is an essay component to the assessments and lots of new terminology to learn, it is important that you have good English skills.

On this two year course at HSDC Havant, you will study the following:

  1. Biological molecules
  2. Cells
  3. Organisms exchanging substances with their environment
  4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  5. Energy transfers in and between organisms
  6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  8. The control of gene expression

You will be taught in well-equipped and serviced laboratories where a variety of learning opportunities and teaching styles will be provided through lectures, problem solving, data handling, experimental and observational tasks.

The course also contains statistical analysis and other mathematical techniques. Fieldwork is carried out at specialist centres such as Leeson House in Dorset. You will have the opportunity to attend outreach events such as those run by the Universities of Portsmouth and Southampton.

The course is assessed through 100% exams and practical endorsement.
There will be three exam papers; Paper 1: Topics 1 – 4, Paper 2: Topics 5 – 8, Paper 3: Topics 1 – 8. (Topics are listed above under ‘structure’)

10% of the assessment will contain mathematical skills equivalent to Level 2 or above. At least 15% will assess knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to practical work. You will carry out the 12 required practicals to pass the practical endorsement.

This subject will prepare you for entry into Higher Education. It gives you the opportunity to study a number of university courses. These include biomedical sciences, nursing, physiotherapy, conservation, medicine, sports science and veterinary medicine.

There are lots of people at the college, each studying a diverse range of courses, people from all different areas come to study here, it creates a sense of community, there is a huge social aspect to college life across all courses.

Lee Backhouse, BTEC student

The college is a bright and happy place, everyone is kind and friendly to each other.

Megan Hall, A Level student

My experience with the teaching and support was really well, as I’m dyslexic, they helped me a lot and I’ve achieved good grades, so I’m really pleased.

Thomas McCann, A Level student