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Biology at St Mary's Catholic School

Course description

Awarding Body: AQA.

The Science of Life... for life! Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from micro-organisms to mammoths. Biology is never far from the headlines.

In the first year you'll study three main topics: 'Biology and disease', 'The variety of living organisms', plus a practical assignment which is designed to sharpen your investigative skills. Between them, these three topics give a solid grounding in Biology.

Year two helps you build on that firm foundation and, like year one, has two academic topics plus a practical assignment. The academic topics are 'Populations and environment', and 'Control in cells and organisms'. The practical assignment is where you investigate a different area of Biology.

Entry requirements

B in Biology or AA in Double Award Science. Good grades in Maths and Chemistry are also an advantage to help with work on statistical analysis and biochemistry.

Assessment

In the first year you'll have three assessments. A 75 minute paper on 'Biology and disease' and accounts for 17% of your A Level marks. A 105 minute paper on 'The variety of living organisms'accounts for 23% of your A Level marks. The practical assignment - accounts for 10% of your A Level marks.

Year two is almost identical. A 90 minute paper on 'Populations and environment' accounts for 17% of your A Level marks. A 135 minute paper on 'Control in cells and organisms' accounts for 23% of your A Level marks. The practical assignment - accounts for 10% of your A Level marks.

Further information

This course is only available to those students who have studied TRIPLE SCIENCE in year 11.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 March 2016
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