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You will spend around three hours a week learning underpinning theory, a further hour and a half applying this knowledge to practical scenarios, and an hour a week participating in interesting debates on some of the more controversial topics in biology, including animal testing, evolution versus creation, biological warfare and genetic modification. 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.

Please see the specific entry requirements for A Levels at South Devon College: 6 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above including English and maths. Of these, at least two passes must be at grade 6 or above. Individual subjects may specify which GCSEs are required at grade 6.

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"I relocated to South Devon and chose this course after researching marine and environmental courses in the area - the course content sounded fantastic. The support from the lecturers and tutors has been second to none they are always willing to go above and beyond to help." Katie Walters

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