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Biology at Hanham Woods Academy

Course description

Biology is the scientific study of life: as such it encompasses the investigation of living organisms and life processes from the molecular, through cells and individual organisms to populations and whole communities of animals and plants.

Unit 1 - Biology and disease Examination paper (60 marks) 5 - 7 short answer question 2 longer questions ( a short comprehension and a short structured essay)

Unit 2 - The variety of living organisms Examination paper (85 marks) 7-9 short answer questions 2 longer questions (1 data handling and 1 assessing analysis and evaluation)

Unit 3 Investigative and practical skills in AS Biology AS Centre Assessed Unit (50 marks) Practical Skills Assessment (PSA) 6 marks Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA) 44 marks

Field Trips: As part of the Ecology work studied during the A2 course, students are required to attend a week’s field course in Slapton Ley, Devon. They will have the opportunity to investigate a range of habitats, practise ecological techniques and be taught by fully qualified biologists at the centre.

Practicals: A few practicals may involve dissection but alternatives are available and students will not be penalised in any way.

Entry requirements

A*/A/B in Double Award Science or A*/A/B in Biology and at least B in Chemistry and Physics if studying Triple Award Science. A/S Level: One year course can be used as:- a) a final qualification allowing students to broaden their studies and so widen options for jobs/university courses b) can form 50% of ‘A’ Level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hanham Woods Academy directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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