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Biology A Level at St Ignatius College

Course description

Year 12

Knowledge and understanding

In year 12 students will undertake either the AS Biology course or the first year of the A-level course. Both of these comprise four modules –Biological molecules, Cells, the genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms and finally how organism transport substances.

Students will also complete six required practicals.

Skills

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures. Students learn to apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures. They then analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and evidence.

Year 13

Knowledge and understanding

In year 13 students will undertake the second year of the A level course. This is comprised of four modules – Energy transfers, responses to the environment, gene expression and genetics. Students will complete six required practicals.

Skills

Like with year 12 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures. Students learn to apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures. They then analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and evidence.

Assessment

Students will sit terminal exams at the end of year 12 and/or year 13.

To obtain the AS qualification students are required to pass two exams of one and a half hours duration at the end of year 12.

To obtain the A-level qualification students are required to pass three exams of two hours duration at the end of year 13.

Past paper questions will be embedded into lessons for self, peer and teacher assessment. The marking and feedback of these will show students how to obtain and exceed their target grade. At the end of each topic students will be assessed using a selection of past paper questions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Ignatius College directly.

Last updated date: 21 March 2017
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