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Biology AS/A2 at Trinity School

Course description

Biology A-level will give you the skills to make connections and associations with all living things around you. Biology literally means the study of life and if that’s not important, what is?

Being such a broad topic, you’re bound to find a specific area of interest, plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers.

Course content

Year 1 (Year 12):-

Biological molecules

Cells

Organisms exchange substances with their environment

Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

 

Year 2 (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

Entry requirements

At least a B grade in Biology or A/A* in Science and Additional Science. At least a B grade in English and Maths.

Assessment

Year 1 - Paper 1: any content from topics 1-4, including relevant practical skills. Written exam: 1 hr 30 mins, 75 marks, 50% of AS – 65 marks: short answer questions and 10 marks: comprehension questions

Paper 2: any content from topics 1-4, including relevant practical skills. Written exam: 1hr 30 mins, 75 marks, 50% of AS – 65 marks: short answer questions and 10 marks: extended response questions

Year 2 assessment (Year 13): Paper 1: any content from topics 1-4, including relevant practical skills. Written exam: 2 hours, 35% of A-level Marks: 91 marks – 76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions. 15 marks extended response question.

Paper 2: any content from topics 5-8, including relevant practical skills. Written exam: 2 hours, 35% of A-level Marks: 91 marks – 76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions. 15 marks comprehension question.

Year 2 assessment (Year 13): Paper 3: any content from topics 1-8, including relevant practical skills.Written exam: 2 hours, 30% of A-level Marks: 78 marks - 38 marks: structured questions, including practical techniques. 15 marks: critical analysis of given experimental data. 25 marks: one essay from a choice of 2 titles.

Future opportunities

The top seven degree courses taken by students who have an A-level in Biology are:

• Biology

• Psychology

• Sport and exercise science

• Medicine

• Anatomy

• Physiology and Pathology Pharmacology

• Toxicology and Pharmacy Chemistry

Possible career options

Studying A-level Biology at university gives you all sorts of exciting career options, including:

• Doctor

•Clinical molecular geneticist

• Nature conservation officer

• Pharmacologist

• Research scientist

• Vet

• Secondary school teacher

• Marine biologist

• Dentist

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Trinity School directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2016
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