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Key details

Attendance Full-time
Duration 2 years
Code
Awarding Body
Level A-level
Start Date 05/09/2022

Course overview

This specialist A Level pathway has been designed to give you the skills you need to build a career in Science, Medicine, Ophthalmics or Pharmacy.

This pathway is made up of

  • A Level Biology
  • A Level Chemistry
  • A Level Maths

As well as a programme that includes enrichment activities, practical and work experience opportunities, our A Level labs and classrooms are fantastic facilities to learn and develop your talent.

Bradford College provides more contact time per subject than other A Level providers, ensuring you have the best opportunity to learn the topics, develop your critical thinking and have access to support from tutors and technicians.

Career Focused

Bradford College has many partnerships with employers including the NHS and Specsavers and we often have external speakers and events for students to attend.

We hold regular career events to help students choose their next steps, as well as additional support from our Student Services and Student Union. Advice and guidance on next steps is available for students and parents.

The College also offers degrees in a range of subjects related to this pathway, with guaranteed places available for students that achieve A Level success at Bradford College* subject to achieving entry requirement grades.

What you'll study

Course Content:

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology (Studied in Year 1 and Year 2)

1.1 Practical skills assessed in a written examination

1.2 Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement

Module 2 – Foundations in biology (Studied in Year 1)

2.1.1 Cell structure

2.1.2 Biological molecules

2.1.3 Nucleotides and nucleic acids

2.1.4 Enzymes

2.1.5 Biological membranes

2.1.6 Cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation

Module 3 – Exchange and transport (Studied in Year 1)

3.1.1 Exchange surfaces

3.1.2 Transport in animals

3.1.3 Transport in plants

Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease (Studied in Year 1)

4.1.1 Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system

4.2.1 Biodiversity

4.2.2 Classification and evolution

Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy (Studied in Year 2)

5.1.1 Communication and homeostasis

5.1.2 Excretion as an example of homeostatic control

5.1.3 Neuronal communication

5.1.4 Hormonal communication

5.1.5 Plant and animal responses

5.2.1 Photosynthesis

5.2.2 Respiration

Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems (Studied in Year 2)

6.1.1 Cellular control

6.1.2 Patterns of inheritance

6.1.3 Manipulating genomes

6.2.1 Cloning and biotechnology

6.3.1 Ecosystems

6.3.2 Populations and sustainability.

Course Content:

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Chemistry (Studied in Year 1 and Year 2)

1.1 Practical skills assessed in a written examination

1.2 Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement

Module 2 – Foundations in Chemistry (Studied in Year 1)

2.1.1 Atomic structure and isotopes

2.1.2 Compounds

2.1.3 Amount of substance

2.1.4 Acids

2.1.5 Redox

2.2.1 Electron structure

2.2.2 Bonding and structure

Module 3 periodic table and energy (Studied in Year 1)

3.1.1 Periodicity

3.1.2 Group 2

3.1.3 Halogens

3.1.4 Qualitative

3.2.1 Enthalpy

3.2.2 Reaction rates

3.2.3 Equilibrium

Module 4 –Core Organic Chemistry (Studied in Year 1)

4.1.1 Organic chemistry

4.1.2/3 Alkanes/Alkenes

4.2.1 Alcohols

4.2.2 Haloalkanes

4.2.3 Organic synthesis

4.2.4 Analytical techniques

Module 5 – Physical Chemistry and transition elements (Studied in Year 2)

5.1.1 How fast?

5.1.2 How far?

5.1.3 Acids, bases and buffers

5.2.1 Lattice energy

5.2.2. Enthalpy and entropy

5.2.3 Redox

5.3.1 transition elements

5.3.2 Qualitative analysis

Module 6 Organic Chemistry and Analysis (Studied in Year 2)

6.1.1 Aromatic compounds

6.1.2 Carbonyl compounds

6.1.3. Carboxylic acids and esters

6.2.1 Amines

6.2.2. Amino acids, amides and chirality

6.2.3 Polyesters and polyamides

6.2.4 Carbon-carbon bond formation

6.2.5 Organic synthesis

6.3.1 Chromatography

6.3.2 Spectroscopy

Course Content:

  • The course is split into two parts – Pure Mathematics and Applications (incorporating Statistics and Mechanics).

Pure 1:

  • Algebra and functions
  • Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane
  • Trigonometry
  • Vectors in 2D
  • Exponentials and logarithms
  • Differentiation
  • Integration

Pure 2:

  • Proof
  • Algebra, partial fractions and functions
  • Sequences and series
  • Parametric equations
  • Trigonometry
  • Vectors in 3D
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Numerical methods

Mechanics and Statistics

Section A: Statistics

  • Statistical sampling
  • Data presentation and interpretation
  • Probability
  • The normal distribution
  • Regression and correlation
  • Statistical distributions
  • Statistical hypothesis testing

Section B: Mechanics

  • Quantities and units in mechanics
  • Kinematics
  • Forces and Newton’s laws
  • Moments
  • The motion of projectiles
  • Dedicated and knowledgeable lecturers and personal tutor
  • 2 hours of dedicated study skills in addition to lessons and tutorial time
  • 1-2-1 university application coaching and careers guidance
  • Masterclasses from guest lecturers
  • Work placements to give industry insight and a career edge
  • A diverse and vibrant learning environment
  • Subject specific knowledge clinics
  • A unique education programme tailored to you and your ambitions
  • Progress reviews with us to ensure you are on track and support
  • Small group sizes that will allow you to get individual attention
  • Course Content:

    Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology (Studied in Year 1 and Year 2)

    1.1 Practical skills assessed in a written examination

    1.2 Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement

    Module 2 – Foundations in biology (Studied in Year 1)

    2.1.1 Cell structure

    2.1.2 Biological molecules

    2.1.3 Nucleotides and nucleic acids

    2.1.4 Enzymes

    2.1.5 Biological membranes

    2.1.6 Cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation

    Module 3 – Exchange and transport (Studied in Year 1)

    3.1.1 Exchange surfaces

    3.1.2 Transport in animals

    3.1.3 Transport in plants

    Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease (Studied in Year 1)

    4.1.1 Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system

    4.2.1 Biodiversity

    4.2.2 Classification and evolution

    Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy (Studied in Year 2)

    5.1.1 Communication and homeostasis

    5.1.2 Excretion as an example of homeostatic control

    5.1.3 Neuronal communication

    5.1.4 Hormonal communication

    5.1.5 Plant and animal responses

    5.2.1 Photosynthesis

    5.2.2 Respiration

    Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems (Studied in Year 2)

    6.1.1 Cellular control

    6.1.2 Patterns of inheritance

    6.1.3 Manipulating genomes

    6.2.1 Cloning and biotechnology

    6.3.1 Ecosystems

    6.3.2 Populations and sustainability.

  • Course Content:

    Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Chemistry (Studied in Year 1 and Year 2)

    1.1 Practical skills assessed in a written examination

    1.2 Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement

    Module 2 – Foundations in Chemistry (Studied in Year 1)

    2.1.1 Atomic structure and isotopes

    2.1.2 Compounds

    2.1.3 Amount of substance

    2.1.4 Acids

    2.1.5 Redox

    2.2.1 Electron structure

    2.2.2 Bonding and structure

    Module 3 periodic table and energy (Studied in Year 1)

    3.1.1 Periodicity

    3.1.2 Group 2

    3.1.3 Halogens

    3.1.4 Qualitative

    3.2.1 Enthalpy

    3.2.2 Reaction rates

    3.2.3 Equilibrium

    Module 4 –Core Organic Chemistry (Studied in Year 1)

    4.1.1 Organic chemistry

    4.1.2/3 Alkanes/Alkenes

    4.2.1 Alcohols

    4.2.2 Haloalkanes

    4.2.3 Organic synthesis

    4.2.4 Analytical techniques

    Module 5 – Physical Chemistry and transition elements (Studied in Year 2)

    5.1.1 How fast?

    5.1.2 How far?

    5.1.3 Acids, bases and buffers

    5.2.1 Lattice energy

    5.2.2. Enthalpy and entropy

    5.2.3 Redox

    5.3.1 transition elements

    5.3.2 Qualitative analysis

    Module 6 Organic Chemistry and Analysis (Studied in Year 2)

    6.1.1 Aromatic compounds

    6.1.2 Carbonyl compounds

    6.1.3. Carboxylic acids and esters

    6.2.1 Amines

    6.2.2. Amino acids, amides and chirality

    6.2.3 Polyesters and polyamides

    6.2.4 Carbon-carbon bond formation

    6.2.5 Organic synthesis

    6.3.1 Chromatography

    6.3.2 Spectroscopy

  • Course Content:

    • The course is split into two parts – Pure Mathematics and Applications (incorporating Statistics and Mechanics).

    Pure 1:

    • Algebra and functions
    • Coordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane
    • Trigonometry
    • Vectors in 2D
    • Exponentials and logarithms
    • Differentiation
    • Integration

    Pure 2:

    • Proof
    • Algebra, partial fractions and functions
    • Sequences and series
    • Parametric equations
    • Trigonometry
    • Vectors in 3D
    • Differentiation
    • Integration
    • Numerical methods

    Mechanics and Statistics

    Section A: Statistics

    • Statistical sampling
    • Data presentation and interpretation
    • Probability
    • The normal distribution
    • Regression and correlation
    • Statistical distributions
    • Statistical hypothesis testing

    Section B: Mechanics

    • Quantities and units in mechanics
    • Kinematics
    • Forces and Newton’s laws
    • Moments
    • The motion of projectiles
    • Dedicated and knowledgeable lecturers and personal tutor
    • 2 hours of dedicated study skills in addition to lessons and tutorial time
    • 1-2-1 university application coaching and careers guidance
    • Masterclasses from guest lecturers
    • Work placements to give industry insight and a career edge
    • A diverse and vibrant learning environment
    • Subject specific knowledge clinics
    • A unique education programme tailored to you and your ambitions
    • Progress reviews with us to ensure you are on track and support
    • Small group sizes that will allow you to get individual attention

Assessment

A Level Biology

You will be formally assessed throughout the A Level course using a variety of methods including end of module exams, topic tests, termly exams and end or year exams.

At the end of year 2 you will complete 3 written exam papers, which cover the content of the modules. The questions are broken down into the following key aspects of assessment.

  • Paper 1 Biological Processes
  • Paper 2 Biological Diversity
  • Paper 3 Unified Biology

 

A Level Chemistry

You will be formally assessed throughout the A Level course using a variety of methods including end of module exams, topic tests, termly exams and end or year exams.

At the end of year 2 you will complete 3 written exam papers, which cover the content of the modules. The questions are broken down into the following key aspects of assessment.

  • Paper 1 Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry
  • Paper 2 Synthesis and analytical techniques
  • Paper 3 Unified chemistry

 

A Level Mathematics

The progress of all students is assessed throughput the course using internal methods. All formal assessments are at the end of the 2-year course, there are 3 exams in total.

  • Paper 1 (100% PURE)
  • Paper 2 (50% PURE & 50% MECHANICS)
  • Paper 3 (50% PURE & 50% STATISTICS)

Entry requirements

GCSE Biology
Grade 6
GCSE Chemistry
Grade 6
GCSE Mathematics
Grade 6
GCSE English Language
Grade 5

5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above which must include Biology, Chemistry and Maths at grade 6 as well as English Language at grade 5. Applicants must have a minimum Average Point Score of 5.6.

Next steps

Progression from A-Levels includes Further Education, Higher Education and employment. Career progression options from this pathway includes Medicine, Pharmacy, Teaching and Dentistry.

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Tuition fees

If you are 16 to 18 years old you won't have to pay tuition fees.

All fees exclude exams, registration and administration charges. These fees apply to all learners, except those with full fee remission.

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