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Biology at Outwood Grange Academy

Course description

  • The basic principles explored in the A Level Biology course can be summarised into the following statements;
  • All life on Earth exists as cells.
  • The internal environment of a cell or organism is different from its external environment.
  • Biodiversity is reflected in the vast number of species or organisms.
  • Life depends on continuous transfers of energy.
  • A stimulus is a change in the internal or external environment.
  • The theory of evolution underpins modern biology.
  • Cells are able to control their metabolic activities by regulating the transcription and translation of their genome.

Course content

What will I learn at AS Level?

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

What will I learn at A Level?

  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression

Entry requirements

GCSE Additional or Triple Science - Grade B

GCSE Mathematics - Grade 6

GCSE English - Grade 6

Assessment

How will I be assessed at AS Level?

Paper 1

  • Any content from topics 1-4, including relevant practical skills.  
  • 75 marks: written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 65 marks: short answer questions
  • 10 marks: comprehension question

Paper 2

  • Any content from topics 1-4, including relevant practical skills.
  • 75 marks: written exam; 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 65 marks: short answer questions
  • 10 marks: extended respnse questions

How will I be assessed at A Level?

Paper 1

  • Any content from topics 1-4, including relevant practical skills;
  • written exam: 2 hours - 91 marks (35% of A-level)
  • 76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions
  • 15 marks: extended response questions

Paper 2

  • Any content from topics 5-8, including relevant practical skills;
  • written exam: 2 hours - 91 marks (35% of A-level)
  • 76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions
  • 15 marks: comprehension question

Paper 3

  • Any content from topics 1-8, including relevant practical skills;
  • written exam: 2 hours - 78 marks (30% of A-level)
  • 38 marks: structured questions, including practical techniques
  • 15 marks: critical analysis of given experimental data
  • 25 marks: one essay from a choice of two titles

Future opportunities

People will always require healthy food, novel medicines, clean water, sensibly-produced crops and fuel that is carbon neutral.  Without a work-force well trained in the biological sciences, none of this will happen.

From treetops to ocean trenches, ecosystems to organ systems and dinosaurs to DNA - Biology is the study of life.  It's an exciting time to be a Biologist.  Biologists are working to solve the biggest challenges currently faced by people and the planet - fighting disease, protecting the environment and feeding our growing population.  You will find biologists working all over the world in almost every setting imaginable; in research laboratories, hospitals, offices, classrooms, factories, boats, airplanes, submarines, museums, jungles, deserts, forests, caves, treetops, cliffs, frozen tundra...

Further information

What skills will I develop?

AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures.

AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures;

  • In a theoretical context
  • In a practical context
  • When handling qualitative and quantitative data

AO3: Analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and evidence, including in relation to issues, to;

  • Make judgements and reach conclusions
  • Develop and refine practical design and procedures

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 30

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