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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

Adult Loan Amount: 2225.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Students 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 will need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English Language at grade 5 (C/B) and Maths at grade 5 (C/B).

In addition, you should have GCSE Combined Science at grade 6,6 or above.  If you have taken Triple Science, then Biology must be at grade 6, with the other two sciences at grade 4.

A recent school report will be required which demonstrates a committed attitude to learning.

It is assumed that students enrol on a two-year A-level programme of study consisting of three or more subjects. However, students will be expected to demonstrate a committed attitude to learning and make positive progress in their first year of study.

Course Content

  • Module 1: Development of practical skills – this module underpins the whole of the course and covers the practical skills that students should develop throughout. The practical skills in this module can be assessed within written examinations and within the Practical Endorsement.
  • Module 2: Foundations in biology – covering concepts required throughout the remaining modules
  • Modules 3 and 4: Exchange and transport, biodiversity, evolution and disease
  • Modules 5 and 6: 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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Hannah McDonald

Hannah McDonald

Confidence gained in English lectures helps A level student Hannah secure policing role

Confidence gained in English lectures helps A level student Hannah secure policing role Learning how to share her opinion, build her vocabulary and speak more effectively has given former Derby College A Levels student Hannah McDonald a good grounding for a career with the police.
 
Hannah, who is 18 and from Newton, is soon to become a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) following a rigorous recruitment procedure.
 
She has also secured a place on the Professional Policing BA (Hons) degree course at Nottingham Trent University, deferred until September 2021.
 
In her PCSO role, Hannah will be based in Ripley and Chesterfield, supporting Derbyshire Police by going into schools to talk about issues such as knife crime and road safety. 
 
Hannah, who took law, psychology and combined English Literature and English Language A levels at Joseph Wright Centre, found her English lecturers especially helpful.
 
She said: “I’d thought English was all about reading books but it’s about so much more. It’s about being put under pressure and trusting your opinions enough to share them or put them in an essay, because English is so subjective and there’s never a wrong answer. In our English classes we gave PowerPoint presentations to the class, so we got used to sharing our ideas and opinions.
 
The course also enhanced my communication skills. It enabled me to build up my vocabulary to speak more effectively.”
 
These abilities gave Hannah the confidence to volunteer at a local primary school, helping children with maths and English, on her Wednesday mornings off from College – experience which she is  sure led to her getting her PCSO role.
 
She added: “There aren’t many PCSO places so it’s extremely competitive and it was a tough recruitment process. My English lecturers were incredibly supportive in helping me prepare my application, even though we’ve not been at College for months because of lockdown.
 
Going to JWC has definitely been confidence-building and a good grounding for my police career. My English teachers taught me how to speak up for myself and not be afraid to give my opinion.”

There aren’t many PCSO places so it’s extremely competitive and it was a tough recruitment process. My English lecturers were incredibly supportive in helping me prepare my application, even though we’ve not been at College for months because of lockdown.


“Going to JWC has definitely been confidence-building and a good grounding for my police career. My English teachers taught me how to speak up for myself and not be afraid to give my opinion.

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