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Biology A Level at Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy

Course description

Year 12

- Biological molecules

- Cells

- Organisms exchange substances with their environment

- Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

- Practical and investigative skills

Year 13

- 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

- Practical and investigative skills

Entry requirements

A-level Biology builds upon the knowledge gained at GCSE but goes much further by revealing some significant simplifications taught at GCSE. Biology, with its mixture of scientific method, problem solving, practical skills and socially relevant content, requires a well-motivated, organised and inquisitive approach to study.

Assessment

Throughout the course your progress will be assessed through homework tasks, assignments, topic specific tests and mock examinations

Formal assessment at the end of Year 12 will comprise of external examinations as follows;

- Paper 1 exam (50% weighting) – any content from topics 1-4 and practical skills

- Paper 2 exam (50% weighting) – any content from topics 1-4 topics and practical skills

Formal assessment at the end of Year 13 will comprise of external examinations as follows;

- Paper 1 exam (35% weighting) – any content from units 1-5

- Paper 2 exam (35% weighting) – any content from units 6-10

- Paper 3 exam (30% weighting) – any content from units 1-10

These exams will consist of some short answer questions and some longer answer questions. In paper 3, there is also an essay question. Units 5 and 10 are internally assessed and consist of practical skills.

Future opportunities

A-level Biology can open up a range of careers in specialist degree courses such as; Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Optometry, Physiotherapy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Forensic Science, Biomedical and Biological Sciences, Environmental Health and Food Sciences. Having an A-level in Biology can also open the door to studying many non-biological related degree courses as well.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy directly.

Last updated date: 08 March 2017

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