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Biology A Level at Campsmount Academy

Course description

A level Biology deals with life processes, with an emphasis on human biology and the ways in which we are affected by, and in return influence other living things. Over the course of 2 years you will learn about:

Course content

Cells, Exchange and Transport
You will learn about cell structure; the parts of a cell you can see with light and electron microscopy, how a cell can interact with its surrounding and other cells, also how cells divide. This allows you to develop your understanding of the complex transport systems of both plants and animals.

Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health
This module focuses on the biological molecules that are the building blocks of life, in particular carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and DNA. The study of habitats develops your understanding of the breadth of living things in the world around us. You will learn to classify all living organisms, how life on earth has evolved and how the actions of humans can influence life on earth.

Communication, Homeostasis and Energy
This unit looks at the role of hormones and nerves in the whole organism communication systems. The role of the kidney in excretion is studied and how energy is involved in photosynthesis and respiration.

Control, Genomes and Environment
This unit builds on your knowledge of DNA from AS Level Biology. Looking at the role of DNA and how it controls life at a cellular level. You will also consider the role of genetic information in variation. Cloning is studied along with how industry uses biotechnology. Finally an understanding of how the plants and animals respond to their environment is studied.

Assessment

Practical Assessment
Alongside the theoretical aspects of Biology you will also develop your practical skills. You will carry out complex practical techniques and practical tasks that will be logged as evidence of your practical capabilities. You will be required to demonstrate the ability to interpret, analyse and process data, this will be tested in the written examinations at the end of the course.

Formal Assessment
All external examinations will take place at the end of Year 13. The examination boards have not yet finalised their plans for examinations, however we expect there will be three written papers. Practical skills are necessary to receive the qualification but school based practical examinations have been removed from the assessment plan.

Future opportunities

- Medicine
- Veterinary Science
- Nursing/Midwifery
- Physiotherapy
- P.E.
- Biology teacher/lecturer
- Forensic Scientist

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Campsmount Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 June 2015

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