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Biology at The Hollyfield School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

AS Course: This course is made up of 3 units, 2 of which are externally assessed and 1 which is internally assessed. A description of the content of each unit can be found below. Unit F211: Cells, Exchange and Transport. Cells are the basic units of all living things. Organisms function because of communication and cooperation between specialised cells. Cell division is a fundamental process, necessary for reproduction, growth and repair. In order to survive, living cells need a supply of oxygen and nutrients. In single cells and small organisms these materials can enter by passive processes. However, once an organism reaches a critical size it requires specialised exchange surfaces and transport systems. This unit will be examined in January and is worth 30% of the final AS grade. Unit F212: Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health Proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids are key biological macromolecules with important roles in living organisms. Humans make use of a wide variety of organisms for food, whereas other organisms cause disease. Good heath is dependent upon diet and on the control and prevention of disease. Evolution has generated a very wide variety of organisms. The fact that all organisms share a common ancestry allows them to be classified. There is increasing recognition of the need to maintain biodiversity. This unit will be examined in June and is worth 50% of the final AS grade. Unit F213: Practical Skills in Biology1 This unit assesses practical and investigative skills developed within contexts encountered during AS Biology. Candidates are required to carry out three tasks: 1. Qualitative task [10 marks] 2. Quantitative task [10 marks] 3. Evaluative task [20 marks] Tasks will be chosen from a selection provided by OCR. These tasks will be carried out during the course and are worth 20% of the final AS grade. A2 Course: The grade from AS is carried forward and accounts for 50% of the final A level grade. The A2 course consist of 3 units, 2 of which are externally assessed and 1 which is internally assessed. A description of the content of each unit can be found below. Unit F214: Communication, Homeostasis and Energy Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment using responses that are controlled and coordinated electrically and/or chemically. Metabolic processes produce waste products, many of which are toxic. Excretion is an essential process for all living things. Photosynthesis may be the most important biological process on earth. Plants, animals and many microoganisms depend upon the carbohydrate and oxygen produced by photosynthesis. Respiration is one of the fundamental biological processes and takes place in all living things. Most definitions of “life” have respiration as a necessary criterion. This unit will be examined in January and is worth 15% of the final A level grade. Unit F215: Control, Genomes and Environment Genes control the way in which cells function. Changes within genes lead to variation and variation provides the raw material for evolution. Natural processes have been harnessed and manipulated by humans for our benefit. This manipulation can take place at level of the gene, the cell or the whole organism. Understanding how ecosystems work and how to manage them for sustainability and conservation requires knowledge of energy flows and population dynamics. Plants and animals respond to environmental stimuli. The co-ordination of responses to stimuli can vary in complexity. These responses enhance the survival of the organism. This unit will be examined in June and is worth 15% of the final A level grade. Unit F216: Practical Skills in Biology 2 This unit assesses practical and investigative skills developed within contexts encountered during AS Biology. Candidates are required to carry out three tasks: 1. Qualitative task [10 marks] 2. Quantitative task [10 marks] 3. Evaluative task [20 marks] Tasks will be chosen from a selection provided by OCR. These tasks will be carried out during the course and are worth 10% of the final A level grade.

Entry requirements

Minimum B grade in Core and Additional GCSE Science or a B in Biology GCSE

Future opportunities

The careers and course linked with Biology are diverse. Students go on to study courses in medicine, dentistry, genetics, biochemistry, biotechnology, nutrition, ecology, physiotherapy, nursing, marine biology and many more. Employers and Universities welcome students with a science AS or A level and it combines particularly well with Psychology, Chemistry and Geography A levels.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Hollyfield School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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