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Biology

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Entry Requirements
A Level Biology requires you to achieve the minimum entry requirements for your chosen pathway plus a grade 6 or higher in GCSE Biology and Maths + 1 grade 6 or higher in another Science. If you are studying Combined Science, grade 6-6 or higher and grade 6 in Maths.

A Level Biology requires you to achieve the minimum entry requirements for your chosen pathway plus a grade 6 or higher in GCSE Biology and Maths + 1 grade 6 or higher in another Science. If you are studying Combined Science, grade 6-6 or higher and grade 6 in Maths. The minimum entry requirements will be discussed at open events and at your college interview.

Biology

A Level Biology is a great choice of subject if you are wishing to pursue a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry, medical research, nursing, zoology, microbiology or genetics, as well as a wide range of science careers. Biology is also a great choice if you have an interest in the subject and wish to study it alongside a set of complementary or contrasting subjects.

Course Structure

You will be taught in one of our three specialist laboratories that are equipped to the highest standards. You will also have access to a computer area adjacent to the laboratories. You will receive printed module notes, past paper booklets and a wide range of handout materials. The department makes wide ranging use of interactive online resources to facilitate independent learning. Practical skills are an essential part of the course and our newly built, well equipped laboratories supported by our experienced teachers and skilled technicians, ensure opportunities are available to enhance your learning.

YEAR 1
BIOLOGICAL MOLECULES

Biochemistry: Carbohydrates, Lipids, Proteins and DNA.

CELLS

Cell structure, Cell Division Processes, the Immune System.

ORGANISMS EXCHANGE SUBSTANCES WITH THEIR ENVIRONMENT

Gas Exchange in a Variety of Organisms, the Circulatory System, Digestion

GENETIC INFORMATION, VARIATION AND RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN ORGANISMS

Genes, Protein Synthesis, Taxonomy and Diversity.

YEAR 2
ENERGY TRANSFERS IN AND BETWEEN ORGANISMS

Photosynthesis, Respiration, Ecosystems and Nutrient Cycles.

ORGANISMS RESPOND TO CHANGES IN THEIR INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENTS

Nerves, Muscles and Homeostasis

GENETICS, POPULATIONS, EVOLUTION AND ECOSYSTEMS

Inheritance, Populations and Evolution

THE CONTROL OF GENE EXPRESSION

Mutations, Gene Technology and Control of Gene Expression

preparation for the course

The start of the A Level course is always challenging, but you will find these tasks aid the transition from GCSE.

To complete these tasks you can download these notes.

What are the
Next Steps?

A Level Biology can open up a world of opportunities in both university choices and career options. If you are considering applying to university to study biology, zoology, ecology, animal science, marine biology, life sciences, medicine, environmental science, forensic science or any other subject related to the natural world, then A Level Biology is essential, with many other courses preferring Biology at A Level. Possible career choices that require A Level Biology include: biological testing, biotechnology, independent research, food industry jobs, nutrition, medicine, doctor, nurse, veterinarian, zoologist, zookeeper, animal care, veterinary nurse, scientist, amongst a huge range of others. In fact, having an A Level in Biology will put you in great stead for a huge range of careers, as it is a great qualification to have.

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summer work

At Wyke Start, our 2-day taster event in July, each of your subjects will set you some work to complete to help prepare you for the course. The work for this course will be available on this page to complete following this event.

The Wyke Experience

As part of your studies, the department organises regular talks and webinars from visiting speakers to highlight different careers in the biological sciences. This provides you with an opportunity to discuss the work of professionals working in biology and healthcare, including pharmacists, physician associates, biomedical scientists and more. Additionally, academics from the University of Hull deliver seminars to discuss their areas of expertise and research. This will provide you with an opportunity to widen your knowledge of the subject on areas such as the biological ‘clock’ that controls sleep cycles and disorders of the heart muscle.

The department has close links with Hull York Medical School and attends lectures and widening participation events at the university and the hospital.

The department offers lunchtime exam clinics and holiday intensive revision days as well as lots of additional help in-between lessons and by email.

If you are interested in a career in Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science, you can also join our Pre-Medical Programme. These courses are particularly competitive and over the past three years we have supported 24 students to gain places onto these courses at university. In addition to the careers and UCAS advice in college, we offer an established programme to support students considering applying for these subjects. Staff in the Science Department work closely with colleagues in Careers and UCAS to ensure students are well advised about their applications and receive the guidance needed to make a competitive application. Whether this is extra individual subject support to secure top grades, help locating work experience, information on how to apply to university or preparation for interview, Wyke Sixth Form College will be there at each stage of your medical career journey.

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