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Biology A-Level at St Leonards Catholic School

Course description

Biology is a challenging subject and this A Level course reflects the recent advance and growing importance of the biological sciences in the fields of biotechnology and genetic engineering. The chief goal is to develop an interest in and enthusiasm for the subject and an appreciation of how Biology contributes to the success of the economy and society.

Course content

THE AS COURSE
  • Module 1: Development of practical skills. This involves skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation.
  • Module 2: Foundations in Biology. This involves learning about cell structure, Biological molecules, enzymes, DNA, Membranes, cell division and diversity
  • Module 3: Exchange & Transport. This involves learning about exchange surfaces such as the lungs and gills, animal and plant transport systems
  • Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease. This involves learning about the immune system, communicable diseases, classification, natural selection and biodiversity.
THE A LEVEL COURSE (which includes Module 1 – 4 from the AS programme of study)
  • Module 5: Communication, homeostasis and energy. This involves learning about excretion, the nervous system, hormones, photosynthesis and respiration
  • Module 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems. This involves learning about genetics and patterns of inheritance, manipulating genomes, cloning and biotechnology and population and sustainability.
 
 

 

Entry requirements

  • each applicant must achieve at least eight GCSE or equivalent Level 2 Qualification passes at grade A*-G
  • each applicant must achieve at least five GCSE passes1 at grade A*-C
  • each applicant must achieve at least four GCSE B grades including at least a grade B2 in each subject to be taken at AS Level (see course entry requirements listed in section 6 of this admissions policy).
  • any applicant wishing to study a science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) at AS Level must achieve at least a grade B in GCSE Additional Science if taking double science rather than separate sciences. If taking separate sciences then the applicant must achieve at least a grade B in the science subject to be taken at AS Level.
  • any applicant wishing to study a subject at AS that they are not currently studying at GCSE must consult the list of entry requirements listed in section 6 of this admissions policy.
  • any applicant currently studying a subject at GCSE that they wish to continue to study at AS must achieve at least a grade B in that subject at GCSE.
  • each applicant must study a minimum of four AS Level courses to completion in Year 12 and a minimum of three A2 Level courses to completion in Year 13.
  • each applicant must study the General Religious Education Course to completion

Assessment

AS
Two papers:
  • Paper 1 will examine breadth in Biology across the four modules.
  • Paper 2 will examine depth in Biology across the four modules.
 
A2
Three papers, plus you will be given a practical endorsement if you have met the basic practical skills required to be a Biologist:
  • Paper 1: Biological processes (examining content from Module 1, Module 2, Module 3 and Module 5)
  • Paper 2: Biological diversity (examining content from Module 1, Module 2, Module 4, and Module 6)
  • Paper 3: Unified Biology (examining content from any area of the course)

 

Future opportunities

It is pleasing to note that most A Level Biology students continue with a career in this subject e.g. Biomedical Science, Biological Science, Botany, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Zoology. Career opportunities for biologists are on the increase. They include: Biotechnology, Bioengineering, Biochemistry, Conservation, Medicine, Pathology, Physiotherapy, Natural Sciences, Environmental Science, Genetic Engineering, Food and Drug Industries, Forensic Science, Pharmacy, Pharmacology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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