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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Learners will study a variety of topics including:

  • Development of practical skills in biology
  • Foundations in biology
  • Exchange and transport
  • Biodiversity, evolution and disease
  • Communication, homeostasis and energy
  • Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

Entry requirements

You need a minimum of grade B in both GCSE Science and Additional Science. If you have taken Triple Science, then Biology must be at grade B, with the other two sciences at grade C. A grade B (grade 5) in English Language is required.

Course Content

  • Module 1: Development of practical skills – this module underpins the whole of the course and covers the practical skills that learners should develop throughout. The practical skills in this module can be assessed within written examinations and (for A-level only) within the Practical Endorsement.
  • Module 2: Foundations in biology – covering concepts required throughout the remaining modules.
  • Modules 3 and 4: AS topics – exchange and transport, biodiversity, evolution and disease.
  • Modules 5 and 6: A-level topics – communication, homeostasis and energy, genetics, evolution and ecosystems.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by external examination at the end of year 2.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

No

What can I do after this course?

Careers

The list of career opportunities is varied and endless, including:

  • Academic and research roles
  • Biological technology
  • Medical and health services
  • Genetic counselling
  • Health education
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmaceutical/medical product sales
  • Marine biology.

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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

 

This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Ryan Horsnall

Ryan Horsnall

First Response Finance sponsor BA Hons degree in Management and Leadership

Ryan was involved with First Response Finance as part of their work with Derby College's Employer and Skills Academy and applied for an apprenticeship.
The company is sponsoring Ryan to complete a BA Hons degree in Management and Leadership at Nottingham Trent University. He previously studies Maths, Business and Chemistry A levels at the Joseph Wright Centre.
Ryan said "I have the best of both worlds – working in a paid job and then gaining a degree and it has made my studies so much easier as I can relate the university work to the work environment."
“I am currently working in a sales support role which I love and at the end of my degree I will see where I want my career to take me with the company.I get the opportunity to blend academic learning and work experience where I can convert my learning at University into real business situations.
First Response Finance have been involved in the Employer Skills Academies and has now teamed up with Derby College to launch the First Response Business and Finance Academy - offering students at Derby College the chance to follow in Ryan's footsteps.

www.FirstResponseFinance.co.uk


At Derby College I was taught a lot of skills such as target setting that has helped me be organised and realistic with work and learning.

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