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Biology A Level at Ysgol Y Strade

Course description

Biology provides a wide breadth of knowledge which touches on many varied aspects of a range of topics. These range from the physiology of organisms and the interdependence of living things in ecology, to social issues including human influence on the environment and the ethical considerations of genetics.

It is intended that the use of a variety of approaches will stimulate interest, promote understanding and engender an overall appreciation and sense of wonder at the living world.

Course content

Unit 1: Basic Biochemisty, Cell Organisation

Unit 2: Biodiversity and physiology of body systems

Unit 3: Practical assessment which includes microscopy at low power

Unit 4: Metabolism, Microbiology and Homeostasis

Unit 5: Environment, Genetics and Evolution

Unit 6: Practical assessment which includes microscopy and calibration at high power

Entry requirements

Although each student will be considered on an individual basis for entry onto the course it would be beneficial to have GCSE Science and Additional Science and have achieved a grade B or above in the Higher Tier paper.

Assessment

Unit 1: Written examination 1hr 30min

Unit 2: Written examination 1hr 30min

Unit 3: Set by centre, carried out over 3 month period

Unit 4: Written examination 1hr 45min

Unit 5: Written examination 1hr 45min

Unit 6: Set by centre, carried out over 3 month period

Future opportunities

  • Develop an understanding of living organismsand the living world.
  • Understand genetic engineering and stem cell technology.
  • Develop the ability to think independently.
  • Appreciate the ecological balance that sustains life on earth.
  • Pathway to many careers eg Medicine, Dentistry ,Veterinary Science, Nursing, Forensic Science and a variety of Biological courses such as Biochemistry and Genetics.

Further information

Examining Body: WJEC

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Y Strade directly.

Last updated date: 22 November 2016

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