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Biology A and AS Level at William Howard School

Course description

The aims of the course are to:

• develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Biology and how  they relate to each other

• develop your interest in and enthusiasm for Biology, including developing an interest in  further study and careers in Biology

• appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences  contribute to the success of the economy and society

• develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and  understanding of ‘How Science Works’

Course content

AS Level

Units delivered:

1) Biological molecules

2) Cells

3) Organisms exchange substances with their environment

4) Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.

A Level

AS units with the additional units delivered:

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

Assessment

All components are examined in June.

AS Level

Paper 1 (50% of AS) – Any content from topics 1-4, including relevant practical skills. (1 ½ hour paper)

Paper 2 (50% of AS) – Any content from topics 5-8, including relevant practical skills. (1 ½ hour paper)

A Level

Paper 1 (35%) – Any content from AS topics 1-4, including relevant practical skills. (2 hour paper)

Paper 2 (35%) – Any content from topics 5-8, including relevant practical skills. (2 hour paper)

Paper 3 (30%) – Any content from topics 1-8, including relevant practical skills. (2 hour paper)

Overall, 15% of the marks for an A-Level Biology qualification will require the assessment of practical skills which will be assessed across the different examination papers. 

Students will also be assessed in their competency during practical lessons which will allow them to obtain a separate practical endorsement. If students meet the required standards then they will receive a pass grade alongside their overall grade.

 

Future opportunities

Advanced Level Biology provides access to many related careers and courses, including Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Environmental Sciences and Medicine, as well as developing transferable skills for many other careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact William Howard School directly.

Last updated date: 03 October 2016
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