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Biology A Level at Trinity Catholic High School

Course description

CORE CONTENT
- 1 Biological molecules
- 2 Cells
- 3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment
- 4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

Year 2

CORE CONTENT
- 1 Biological molecules
- 2 Cells
- 3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment
- 4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
- 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

Entry requirements

6 GCSE grades A* - B to include grades AA in GCSE Additional Science (or a grade A in GCSE Triple Biology and Chemistry) together with level 5 in Mathematics (Higher paper) and a level 5 in English Language. Students will normally be expected to support the study of Biology with an A level in Chemistry and preferably Mathematics.

Assessment

There will be two written exams:

Paper 1 - written exam of short answer (65 marks) and comprehension (10 marks) questions on topics 1-4, including relevant practical skills: 1 hour 30 minutes (75 marks) covering 50% of AS.

Paper 2 - written exam of short answer (65 marks) and extended response (10 marks) questions on topics 1-4, including relevant practical skills: 1 hour 30 minutes (75 marks) covering 50% of the AS.

Year 2

There will be three written exams:

Paper 1 - written exam of 2 hour’s duration and worth 91 marks (35% of A-level) covering topics 1 to 4, including relevant practical skills. The format of the paper will be 76 marks of short and long answer questions and 15 marks of extended response questions.

Paper 2 - written exam of 2 hour’s duration and worth 91 marks (35% of A-level) covering topics 5 to 8, including relevant practical skills. The format of the paper will be 76 marks of short and long answer questions and 15 marks for a comprehension question.

Paper 3 - written exam of 2 hour’s duration and worth 78 marks (30% of A-level) on topics 1 to 8, including relevant practical skills. The format of this paper will be 38 marks of structured questions, including practical techniques, 15 marks of critical analysis of experimental data questions and 25 marks for one essay questions from a choice of two titles.

Future opportunities

Biology A-level goes into much more detail than you will have covered at GCSE. It will give you the skills to make connections and associations with all living things around you. Biology literally means the study of life and if that’s not important, what is? Being such a broad topic, you’re bound to find a specific area of interest, plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers. According to bestcourse4me.com, the top seven degree courses taken by students who have an A-level in Biology are: Biology, Psychology, Sport and exercise science, Medicine, Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology, Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy Chemistry.

Studying A-level Biology at university gives you all sorts of exciting career options, including: Clinical molecular geneticist, Nature conservation officer, Pharmacologist, Research scientist, Higher education lecturer, Secondary school teacher, Soil scientist, Dentist, Doctor.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Trinity Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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