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Biology AS and A2 at Broughton Hall High School

Course description

The Biology department is a large and successful department with all students passing their A level last year. In recent years, many A level Biologists have gone on to study Biology in some way at university, for example, our past students are currently studying biochemistry, midwifery, pharmacology, pharmacy and nursing.

Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to ecosystems and from microorganisms to human populations. Biology is never far from the headlines and the A level specification reflects recent developments in the subject, such as, genetic engineering, stem cell research and epidemiology

Course content

AS Biology covers 4 topics:

• Biological Molecules

• Cells

• Organisms exchange substances with their environment

• Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

These 4 topics are assessed in 2 exams which account for 100% of the AS level grade. There is no coursework, but there are 6 Required Practical Tasks that will be completed throughout the AS course.

A2 Biology covers a further 4 topics:

• 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

These topics are assessed, along with the 4 AS topics, in 3 exams which again account for 100% of the A level grade. There are another 6 Required Practical Tasks in the A2 course.

Entry requirements

Students need to achieve at least 1 grade A in either Core Science or Additional Science
GCSE. They need a minimum of grade B in Core Science, Additional Science and Maths
GCSE. If students have taken Further Additional Science this should not be below grade
B. Students also need to achieve at least grade B in either English Language or English
Literature GCSE.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Broughton Hall High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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