Biology A Level 3 at Oakwood Park Grammar School
This is a linear course which will be assessed at the end of two years of study. The course is designed to;
- develop knowledge and understanding
- develop skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
- develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical and problem solving skills
- develop an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
- understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society
Module 1 – Development of Practical skills in Biology
Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation
Module 2 – Foundations in Biology
Cell structure; Biological molecules; Nucleotides and nucleic acids; Enzymes; Biological membranes; Cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation
Module 3 – Exchange and Transport
Exchange surfaces, Transport in animals, Transport in plants
Module 4 – Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease
Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system, Biodiversity, Classification and evolution.
Module 5 – Communication, Homeostasis and Energy
Communication and homeostasis, Excretion as an example of homeostatic control, Neuronal communication, Hormonal communication, Plant and animal responses, Photosynthesis, Respiration.
Module 6 – Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems
Cellular control, Patterns of inheritance, Manipulating genomes, Cloning and biotechnology, Ecosystems, Populations and sustainability.
Six 9-5 (A*-C) GCSE grades with at least four at grade 6 (B) including grade 6, in Biology and Maths and in other subjects to be studied at A level
Students are assessed by end of term tests, independent work, practical work and homework.
- Paper 1 – Biological Processes covering modules 1, 2, 3 and 5. Multiple choice, structured questions and extended response. 2 ¼ hours. 37% weighting.
- Paper 2 – Biological Diversity covering modules 1, 2, 4 and 6. Multiple choice, structured questions and extended response. 2 ¼ hours. 37% weighting.
- Paper 3 – Unified Biology covering modules 1-6. Structured questions and extended response. 1 1/2 hours. 26% weighting.
Candidates complete a minimum of 12 practical activities to demonstrate practical competence. Performance reported separately to the A Level grade
You could take this course with other Advanced level courses, which overlap with Biology such as Chemistry, Physics, Geography or more general subjects that may not relate to the sciences, to prepare for higher education. With further training, you could go into a job related to Biology or one of the other sciences including Doctor, Nurse, Scientist or Marine Biologist. The course will also help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.
Field trip to Wildwood Canterbury to look at conservation, sustainable management, ecosystem sampling, rock shore ecology and sand dune succession
Participation in the Biology Olympia
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oakwood Park Grammar School directly.