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Biology at Beechwood Sacred Heart School

Course description

What kind of student would enjoy this course?

This is a course for people interested in the study of living things, who enjoy practical work and hands-on learning. The volume of facts and terminology mean that you will require a good comprehension of the English language. Students will also need to have passed higher tier GCSE Mathematics or equivalent.

What will I study?

Year 12 AS and A-Level

1. Biological molecules; 2. Cells; 3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment; 4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

Year 13 A-Level

5. Energy transfers in and between organisms; 6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments; 7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems; 8. The control of gene expression.

The understanding and interpretation of practical work will be assessed within the written exams accounting for 15% of the total marks. Practical skills will be assessed by teachers and indicated as a pass on the certificate. The AS and A-Level are stand-alone qualifications with A-Level grades based on exam results received at the end of the course.

What skills will I learn?

The course focuses on developing your laboratory skills and your expertise in gathering and analysing data, evaluating experimental practice and the claims made in relation to scientific evidence. You will also be encouraged to improve as a communicator of science.

What could I do at the end of my course?

Students may go to university to take degree courses in plant, animal and medical sciences; sports science; physiotherapy; pharmacy or psychology.

Further information

**Please DO NOT try to apply via UCAS Progress as your application may not be received**

To apply to Beechwood Sacred Heart School, please contact the registrar.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beechwood Sacred Heart School directly.

Last updated date: 03 December 2015
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    • Founded in 1915, it is situated on the outskirts of Royal Tunbridge Wells in 23 acres of beautiful grounds. Handsome buildings and very good modern facilities. A friendly, family school which has all the advantages of being small. Beechwood is a co-educational day and boarding school with an equal balnace of boys and girls. It is a Roman Catholic foundation which welcomes all denominations. An excellent, broad general curriculum is provided and examination results and value added measures are strong given the non-selective intake of the school. A good range of sport, games, societies and clubs. Strong commitment to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. Full use is made of the cultural amenities of the town and of London.