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Biology A Level at Chapeltown Academy

Course description

A-level Biology builds on the concepts and skills developed in the GCSE and it is particularly suitable for students who have the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE Additional Science course or equivalent. Students who study A-level Biology may go on to a Biology-related degree course.

Course content

A Level Content

Unit 1 deepens the understanding of cell ultrastructure and looks in detail at normal physiology of the digestive and circulatory system. This unit considers the impact of disease on these body systems and how the complex immune response attempts to protect organisms from disease.

Unit 2 considers the variety of living organisms through an in depth look at biodiversity and modern classification techniques. The information-carrying role of DNA and the biochemistry of key molecules are examined. The study of disease in Unit 1 is developed further by looking at treatment and resistance of bacteria. Transport of substances around organisms, including plants, is also considered.

Unit 3 is an assessment of experimental and practical skills. This will be assessed internally by the teachers. 

Unit 4 includes a fieldwork study to investigate populations and effects of environmental factors. Energy transfer including the key role played by ATP is studied. Knowledge of the processes involved in the recycling of chemical elements and nutrients though the ecosystem is developed. Understanding of the genetic basis of variation, selection and formation of new species is developed.

Unit 5 looks at how multicellular organisms control activities of different tissues and organs including responses to stimuli, coordination and homeostasis. Protein synthesis is considered in detail. Gene cloning technologies are examined.

Unit 6 is an assessment of experimental and practical skills. This will be assessed internally by the teachers.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Basic Entry Requirements are 4 in Maths and 4 in English Language.

All other requirements are determined at interview.

Assessment

Assessment Units

- UNIT 1 – Written exam (1 ¼ hours) worth 16.7% of A-Level marks

- UNIT 2 – Written exam (1 ¾ hours) worth 23.3% of A-Level marks

- UNIT 3 – Practical Skills Assignment worth 10% of A-Level marks

- UNIT 4 – Written exam (1 ½ hours) worth 16.7% of A-Level marks

- UNIT 5 – Written exam (2 ¼ hours) worth 23.3% of A-Level marks

- UNIT 6 – Practical Skills Assignment worth 10% of A-Level marks

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

Contact details

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    • Chapeltown Academy has it's purpose built premises in Hydra Business Park.

      The facilities include an inside and outside sports area, a lecture theatre and a large well lit library.

      We also have a lovely relaxing common room and open dining area, with cafe facilities throughout the day.

      This is all in addition to the spacious classrooms and well equipped laboratories.