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Biology A Level at Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School

Course description

The aims of the course are to encourage candidates to:

• develop their interest in and enthusiasm for biology, including developing an interest in further study and careers in biology

• appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society

• develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works

• develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of biology and how they relate to each other

Course content

The course is delivered through a range of active classroom tasks, supported by independent study. Students are expected to enter into a dialogue with teaching staff inside and outside the classroom. The course structure has the following form;

AS Level

• Module 1 Development of practical skills

• Module 2 Foundations in biology

• Module 3 Exchange and transport

• Module 4 Biodiversity, evolution and disease

A Level

• Modules 1-4 (the same as the AS course)

• Module 5 Communication, homeostasis and energy

• Module 6 Genetics, evolution and ecosystems


The AS syllabus is made up of four modules assessed through two written papers at the end of the course. The A-level syllabus is made up of six modules assessed through three written papers at the end of the course. Practical skills will be assessed through written examinations as part of AS and A level qualifications and within a separate practical endorsement (for A level only).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016

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