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Your lessons will include lectures, practical sessions, group work, and discussion. The practical topics set by the exam board will allow you to gain a Certificate of Practical Competence, which will support your degree application or an application for employment in the science sector. There will also be opportunities to take the classroom outside on field excursions, including ecological sampling and surveying in nearby woodland and on the seashore.

The two-year course follows OCR’s A-level Biology A specification which cover both animal and plant based topics. First year topics covered include aspects of cell structure and function, biological molecules, transport systems in animals and plants, disease and immunity, biodiversity, classification and evolution. Following your grounding in the key biological themes the second year aims to extend your knowledge and application of biology covering topics such as nervous and hormonal communication, photosynthesis, respiration, genetics, manipulating genomes, cloning and biotechnology, ecosystems, populations and sustainability.

Not only will the course allow you to link key biological ideas, it will also develop a number of transferable skills including investigative skills, problem solving, and research, mathematical and analytical skills. A-level Biology provides an excellent base for a university degree in healthcare, such as medicine, veterinary or dentistry, as well as the biological sciences. A good grade in this subject will reward you with the respect of future employers and open up a wealth of career opportunities.

Entry Requirements: a minimum of five GCSE passes (grade 4 or higher) including English. Additionally, grade 6 in Biology, grade 5/6 in Combined Science and grade 5 in Maths.

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Studying A Level Law at South Devon College helped me decide what I wanted to do as a career, and therefore what I wanted to study at university. We benefited hugely from termly trips, and we even shadowed a judge, which gave me a huge insight into what my future career could entail. My teacher, Kay Harding, is excellent, and went above and beyond in helping me revise, improve exam technique and keep me up to date on current legal affairs. She was also great at giving me advice even outside of College time.Callum Priestley

Paignton Campus – Vantage Point

This course is available at our Vantage Point Campus. 

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