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Biology AS at St Paul's Catholic School for Girls

Course description

 In the Autumn term students study how lifestyle and pathogens can cause disease.  They relate these diseases to the heart, digestive system and the lungs.  The ultra structure of cells is studied in detail with a particular focus on how substances cross the cell membrane.  Data analysis and application skills are also developed.  In the Spring term students investigate diversity and variation between organisms and look at how DNA can be used to determine relationships between organisms.  A variety of practical activities are carried out across the year, student shave the opportunity to take part in field work in the Summer term.  The centre assessed coursework component includes practical investigations, research for extended pieces of writing and in A2 synoptic skills. 

Course content

 AS   Unit 1: Biology and disease

How digestive and gas exchange systems may be affected by communicable and non-communicable diseases

  • How a knowledge of basic biology allows us to understand the symptoms of disease and interpret data relating to risk factors.

Unit 2:  Variety of Living Organisms.

  • The influence of genetic and environmental factors on intraspecific variation
  • How the variety of life is reflected in similarities and differences in its biochemical basis and cellular organisation
  • How size and metabolic rate affect an organism's requirements and give rise to adaptations.

Entry requirements

BB grade in core and additional Science or Separate Sciences (B in Biology).

C grade in Mathematics.



 Biol 1  Written Paper:      1 hour 15 minutes

Weighting:                           33% of total AS Level marks

                                               16% of total A Level marks

Biol 2  Written Paper:       1 hour 45 minutes

Weighting:                           46% of total AS Level marks

                                              23% of total A Level marks

Biol3:                                   Internal Assessment

Weighting:                         20% of total AS Level marks

                                             10% of total A Level marks

Biol 1 and 2 are examined in June of yr12.

Biol 3: 2 assessed practicals completed in yr12 with the best mark submitted at the end of yr 12.




Future opportunities

Students have studied a wide variety of course at University, e.g. Biological Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Environmental Science, Law and many more.

Further information

Please read through our Sixth Form Prospectus for further details.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Paul's Catholic School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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