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Human Biology AS A2 at Wrenn Academy

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This course has been introduced after the demand for a course to help those wanting a background of human biology for entering a career in nursing or caring etc.  After popular demand it is now being introduced at A2 level as well.  It is expected that those wishing to enter careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, genetics etc. or are considering in applying to Oxbridge will opt for the Biology AS and subsequently Biology A2 course.  There is available an ‘AS’ and an ‘A’ level in Human Biology.  The Advanced Subsidiary (AS) is assessed at a standard appropriate for candidates who have completed the first year of study of a two year ‘A’ level course i.e. between GCSE and ‘A’ level.  It forms the first half of the ‘A’ level course in terms of teaching time and content.  When combined with the second half of the ‘A’ level course, known as the ‘A2’, the ‘AS’ forms 50% of the assessment of the total ‘A’ level.  However, the ‘AS’ can be taken as a ‘stand-alone’ qualification. These courses build on the scientific experience gained during GCSE studies and specialise in the study of those aspects that relate particularly to humans.  This specification adopts an approach based on situations in the ‘real world’ e.g. the biomedical and caring professions, health and alternative medicine, conservation and social issues, current research, ethics and sports and leisure studies.  These give the subject relevance and interest. Practical work and research is an important part of this course.  Students carry out investigations in and around the school laboratories and research for case studies and an extended investigation.  This gives them experience in the collection and analysis of Biological data, using statistical tests.  The staff of the biology department encourages students to develop the facility for independent study and the capacity for critical evaluation.  To this end, visits to conferences are arranged, along with the input from visiting lecturers and speakers whenever possible.   Human Biology complements and supports studies in other subject areas such as sociology, psychology, health and social studies and sports science. The Human Biology AS course is composed of three sections:- Module 1 – Blood, Circulation and gaseous ExchangeModule 2 – Growth, Development and DiseaseModule 3 – Assessed coursework  – Case StudiesThe Human Biology A2 course is composed of three sections:- Module 4 – Energy, Control and ReproductionModule 5 – Genetics, Homeostasis and AgeingModule 6 – Extended Investigation in Human Biology (coursework) 

Entry requirements

Students wishing to take up this course will be expected to have attained a minimum of grade Cs inGCSE Mathematics, English and Science.


There will be a 1 hour examination for module 1 and 2 and a 45 minute examination for module 3 case studies.There will be a 1 ½ hour examination for module 4, taken in January.There will be a 2 hour examination for module 5, taken in June.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wrenn Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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