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Biology AS/A2 at S. Peter's Collegiate School - A CofE Academy

Course description

The A level course is designed to provide a suitable preparation for degree courses while the AS course would be appropriate for any student with an interest in biological sciences but who does not intend to pursue a science related career. As well as developing biological knowledge and understanding the course emphasises the way biologists work and the contributions they make to modern society.

The course builds on concepts and skills that will have been developed in the new GCSE science specifications.  It presents biology as exciting, relevant and challenging.

The ‘A’ Level field course is conducted at the “Towers” Outdoor Education Centre in North Wales in July of Year 12.  The content of the course is aimed at facilitating the understanding of Module 6 and at developing the practical and analytical skills required in Module 1.

For these reasons it is considered an integral part of the ‘A’ Level course.

Course content

AS LEVEL

Module 1 - Development of practical skills:  (planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation)

This module underpins the whole of the specification, and covers the practical skills that students should develop throughout the course. The practical skills in this module can be assessed within written examinations.

Module 2 - Foundations in biology

Includes: Cell structure; Biological molecules; Nucleotides and nucleic acids; Enzymes; Biological membranes; Cell division,cell diversity and cellular organisation

Module 3Exchange and Transport

Includes: Exchange surfaces, Transport in animals, Transport in plants

Module 4 - Biodiversity, evolution and disease

Includes: Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system, Biodiversity, Classification and evolution

A2 LEVEL

Module 1 - Development of practical skills:  (planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation)

This module underpins the whole of the specification, and covers the practical skills that students should develop throughout the course. The practical skills in this module can be assessed within written examinations and (for A Level only) within the Practical Endorsement.

Module 5 

Communications, homeostasis and energy

Includes: Communication and homeostasis, Excretion as an example of homeostatic control, Neuronal communication, Hormonal communication, Plant and animal responses, Photosynthesis, Respiration

Module 6

Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

Includes: Cellular control, Patterns of inheritance, Manipulating genomes, Cloning and biotechnology, Ecosystems, Populations and sustainability

Entry requirements

Double Award Science BB or B in Biology for Triple science.

GCSE Maths Grade B essential, GCSE English Grade B desirable

GCSE APS of 42

Assessment

The AS award is assessed by  two examination papers :

Paper 1:  Breadth in Biology:  70 mark total (1hr 30 mins) weighting: 50%

Section A – Multiple choice (20 mark)

Section B – Structured questions covering theory and practical skills (50 mark)

Paper 2:  Depth in Biology:  70 mark total (1hr 30 mins) weighting: 50%

Structured questions and extended response questions covering theory and practical skills (70 mark)

 

The A2 award is assessed by three examination papers

Paper 1:  Biological processes: 100 mark total (2hr 15 mins) weighting: 37%

Section A -  Multiple choice (15 mark)

Section B - Structured questions covering theory and practical skills (85 mark)

Paper 2:  Biological diversity:  100 mark total (2hr 15 mins) weighting:  37%

Section A – Multiple choice (15 mark)

Section B – Structured questions covering theory and practical skills (85 mark)

Paper 3:  Unified Biology:  70 mark total (1hr 30 mins) weighting:  26%

Structured questions and extended response questions covering theory and practical skills (70 mark)

 

Non Exam assessment.

In addition to the A2 reported grade. A separate statement called Practical Endorsement for biology-Pass/ Fail will be included on the certificate. This will be awarded when the student has successfully completed the twelve practical tasks set out in module 1. This is a teacher assessed, moderated component.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact S. Peter's Collegiate School - A CofE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 December 2014
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  • Start date: Next September

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