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A Level: Biology at De Lisle College

Course description

Engaging and inspiring, the Edexcel Biology A level has been developed and designed to inspire students by showing how an understanding of many contemporary issues requires a grasp of fundamental biological ideas.

With well-chosen content and assessment, it provides an enjoyable learning experience for students and allows progression to further study.

The content of this course forms a natural progression from the Biology component of the GCSE Combined Science or GCSE Biology courses. It forms a sound basis for applications to courses in Biological Sciences, any of the medical or environmental disciplines - or just an interesting additional A-Level subject in its own right to be used in course/job applications in various other areas.

Course content

Paper 1: The Natural Environment and Species Survival

33.33% of the total qualification.

Questions draw on content from topics 1-6

Each question is set in a context.

Questions are broken down into a number of parts.

The assessment is 2 hours and consists of 100 marks.

Paper 2: Energy, Exercise and Co-ordination

33.33% of the total qualification.

Questions draw on content from topics 1-4 and 7-8

Each question is set in a context.

Questions are broken down into a number of parts.

The assessment is 2 hours and consists of 100 marks.

Paper 3: General and Practical Applications in Biology

33.33% of the total qualification.

Questions draw on content from across all topics. The paper will include synoptic questions that may draw on two or more different topics. A pre-released scientific article will underpin one exam question. The pre-release will be available on the Edexcel website a minimum of 8 weeks before the examination.

The assessment is 2 hours and consists of 100 marks.

What will I study?

The topics below make up the GCE Biology qualification:

1. Lifestyle, health and risk

2. Genes and health

3. Voice of the genome

4. Biodiversity and natural resources

5. On the wild side

6. Immunity, infection and forensics

7. Run for your life

8. Grey matter

Entry requirements

To be accepted into De Lisle College Sixth Form students need to achieve 4 grade 4's and 2 grade 5's. A minimum of grade 4 in English and Maths is recommended.

Additionally, this subject requires:

Minimum grade 6 in GCSE Biology or 6/6 in Double Science

Assessment

For more information please visit the De Lisle Sixth Form curriculum website.

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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.

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 De Lisle.

 

Applications can be made online via the De Lisle Sixth Form website

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 October 2018
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