Course overviewIf you enjoy learning about life and living organisms, then this exciting and challenging course is for you. Delve deepter into the concepts such as biochemistry, cell biology, organ systems and ecology.
The course consists of a broad selection of fundamental Biological concepts which build on ideas learnt at GCSE.
You will learn by experiencing a varied programme that includes laboratory work and practical skills, lectures, small group work, local fieldwork, a range of learning games and use of Teams. Progress in learning will be monitored using regular assessments that will be completed in class.
What else do I need to know?Dissections are carried out in the first and second year. Both years of the Biology course are also offered educational trips. We strongly recommend that all students purchase the relevant text book for the course. Students who enrol for Chemistry as well as Biology may also want to purchase a lab coat.
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What are the entry requirements?
You should also have a GCSE grade 6 or above in Biology or grade 6-6 in Combined Science. It is also strongly recommended that you should be taking Biology alongside another STEM subject.
How is it assessed?
Paper 1 - (2 hour written exam)
1 Biological molecules
3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment
4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
Paper 2 - (2 hour written exam)
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
Paper 3 - (2 hour written exam)
Any content from topics 1 - 8, including relevant practical skills. You will also be required to write a synoptic essay.
What financial support is on offer?
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £23,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance
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