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A Level Biology at The Elmgreen School

Course description

Students who take Biology often also study from a wide range of subjects, including Psychology, Sociology, PE, Chemistry, Science in Society, Physics, Applied Science, Health & Social Care, Critical Thinking and Environmental Studies.

Course content

In the first year you’ll study three main topics: ‘biology and disease’, ‘the variety of living organisms’, plus a practical assignment which is designed to sharpen your investigative skills. Amongst them, these three topics give a solid grounding in Biology. Year two helps you build on that firm foundation and, like year one, has two academic topics plus a practical assignment. The academic topics are ‘Populations and environment’, and ‘Control in cells and organisms’. The practical assignment is where you investigate a different area of Biology.

The Biology A Level course helps students develop a number of skills:
 How to collect data and evaluate it
 How to investigate facts and use deduction
 How to put over your point of view effectively
 How to take responsibility for your own learning.

What will I study?
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 (A-level only)
6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments (A-level only)
7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A-level only)
8 The control of gene expression (A-level only)

Entry requirements

Grade BB for Double Science

Assessment

AS Biology: Paper 1 and paper 2 will be one and a half hour exams and can include questions on topics 1-4
A2 Biology: This will include three written papers each lasting two hours. These papers will cover topics 1-8

Future opportunities

Biology can be used as an entry qualification for a wider variety of courses at higher education. These include traditional Biological topics; medicine, dentistry, midwifery, physiotherapy, sports science, environmental science etc. Students with Biology have also gone on to study non-scientific subjects such as Art, History, Law, Music, Foreign Languages etc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Elmgreen School directly.

Last updated date: 05 June 2015
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