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Human Biology AS Level at North Lindsey College

Course description

The AS course is taken during the first year and the A2 course is delivered in a second year. The AS course is a stand alone qualification but the A2 course must be combined with the AS course to achieve full A level certification.
This course will encourage students to develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, human biology, including developing an interest in further study and careers in human biology. Students will appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society. They will develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works while developing essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of human biology and how they relate to each other. 

Course content

AS Human Biology Units:
Molecules, Blood and Gas Exchange 
Module 1: Molecules and Blood
Module 2: Circulatory and Gas Exchange Systems
Growth, Development and Disease
Module 1: The Developing Cell
Module 2: The Developing Individual 
Module 3: Infectious Disease
Module 4: Non-Infectious Disease

Extended Investigation in Human Biology 
A2 Human Biology Units:
Energy, Reproduction and Populations 
Module 1: Energy and Respiration
Module 2: Human Reproduction and Populations

Genetics, Control and Ageing 
Module 1: Genetics in the Twenty-First Century
Module 2: The Nervous System
Module 3: Homeostasis
Module 4: The Third Age
Extended Investigation in Human Biology

Entry requirements

5 GCSE Grades at A*-C including mathematics, English and science should be seen as the minimum entry requirement. Achievement at a minimum of Grade B in the above science qualifications should be seen as the normal requisite for entry to AS Human Biology. However, students who have successfully taken other Level 2 qualifications in Science or Applied Science with appropriate human biology content, may also have acquired sufficient knowledge and understanding to begin the AS Human Biology course. Additionally, other students without formal qualifications may have acquired sufficient knowledge of human biology to enable progression onto the course.


AS – by two written papers and a coursework assignment based on three practical tasks
A2 – by two further written papers and a single extended investigation.

Future opportunities

Employment or related degree courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Lindsey College directly.

Last updated date: 09 May 2016

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