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A Level Biology at Holmer Green Senior School

Course description

A level Biology will give students essential information and understanding on key biological concepts, inspiring students to apply their knowledge and understanding of how biology works in the world at large, as well as in the lab. Students will also consider the moral, social, and cultural issues surrounding some of the applications of biology.

An emphasis on the development of communication and study skills will help prepare students for involvement in everyday scientific issues.

Biology encourages practical thinking and complements many other scientific subjects such as Chemistry, Physics and Psychology as well as subjects like English, ICT, Geography, PE and Technology. Biology is therefore a good link between Science and Art subjects; so if you are looking to keep your options open, then Biology fits with most disciplines.

It is well known that A level Biology is a challenging one but if you achieve a grade in this A level, academics and employers alike will recognise that you have attained a very high level of academic knowledge and have been able to demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge to complex situations.

Assessment

AS  

Unit 1: Cells, Exchange, Transport - 1hr written paper (30%)

Unit 2: Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health - 2hr paper- (50%)

Unit 3: Practical skills- 3 tasks completed in class - (20%) Contributes to 50% of A2 grade

A2

Unit 1: Communication, Homeostasis + Energy - 1hr paper (15%)

Unit 2: Control, Genomes + Environment - 2hr paper (25%)

Unit 3: Practical skills - 3 tasks completed in class - (10%)

Financial information

AS OCR Biology 1

A2 OCR Biology 2

These texts cost about £18 each and contain a useful CD Rom which is an excellent aid to independent study.

Future opportunities

Many careers require biology, eg. veterinary work, agriculture, food technology, health and social care. Biology is a subject that is highly valued by prospective employers; it will open the door to an extremely wide range of further educational opportunities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holmer Green Senior School directly.

Last updated date: 30 April 2015
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