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A Level: Biology at De Lisle College

Course description

Students will develop their biological knowledge and understanding. They will consider technological advances in this area and their use in society.

WHO IS IT FOR?

Students who have enjoyed studying biology at GCSE level and would like the challenge of studying the topic to greater depth.

 

Course content

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

At AS the course includes the following Units:

Unit 1: Lifestyle, Transport, Genes and Health (40% of the total AS marks, 20% of the total GCE marks)

Unit 2: Development, Plants and the Environment (40% of the total AS marks, 20% of the total GCE marks)

Unit 3: Practical Biology and Research Skills (20% of the total AS marks, 10% of the total GCE marks)

Students write a report of between 1500 and 2000 words, either a record of a visit to a site of biological interest or a report of research into a biological topic. This piece of work will be marked by the teacher and moderated by Edexcel. Students’ practical skills will be assessed by the teacher against criteria provided in the specification.

At A2 the course includes the following Units:

Unit 4: The Natural Environment and Species Survival (40% of the total A2 marks, 20% of the total GCE marks)

Unit 5: Energy, Exercise and Coordination (40% of the total A2 marks, 20% of the total GCE marks)

Unit 6: Practical Biology and Investigative Skills (20% of the total A2 marks, 10% of the total GCE marks)

Students will complete a written report of an experimental investigation, which they have devised and carried out.

HOW WILL I LEARN? Lessons will incorporate a variety of teaching and learning styles including student and teacher presentations, modeling, ICT tasks, practical activities and research work. The case study and independent investigation give students the opportunity to develop a number of important skills including the ability to work independently, along with research and organizational skills.

 

Entry requirements

5 A*-C grades at GCSE. Minimum of B in GCSE Core Science, along with a B in either GCSE Additional Science or GCSE Biology.

Students intending to apply for Higher Education courses in Biological Sciences or medicine-related areas are strongly advised to look at the combination of subjects required before they finalise their A level choices.

Most courses require students to study at least one other Science subject, usually Chemistry, to at least AS level and we would advise students to bear this in mind when making their selections.

Assessment

WHAT EXAMINATIONS ARE THERE?

At AS Units 1 and 2 are assessed by examination.

At A2 Units 4 and 5 are assessed by examination.

Financial information

It would be useful for students to purchase their own copy of the textbook used through the department. Revision material will be provided by the department. The experimental investigation undertaken at A2 may involve carrying out field work. This is likely to involve some financial cost , eg. a residential field course.

Future opportunities

A Level Biology provides access for applications to Higher Education courses such as Medicine, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Biological Sciences and Environmental Sciences.

You could take this course with other advanced level courses to prepare for higher education. Students intending to apply for Higher Education courses in Biological Sciences or medicine-related areas are strongly advised to look at the combination of subjects required before they finalise their A level choices.

Most courses require students to study at least one other Science subject, usually Chemistry, to at least AS level and we would advise students to bear this in mind when making their selections.

Further information

The College holds an ‘Into the Sixth Form Evening’ in November, where prospective students can find out more about the course. Otherwise further information on this course can be obtained by contacting the Science Department at De Lisle. Alternatively more details on the content of this course can be found on the Edexcel website.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact De Lisle College directly.

Last updated date: 04 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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