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Biology A-Level at Polam Hall School

Course description

At present Biology has a very high profile. It is right at the forefront of science and the amazing discoveries being made on a nearly daily basis, mean that certain phrases are common parlance, for example biotechnology, GM foods, human genome. The study of Biology is exciting and dynamic, and the Specification changes to keep abreast with new discoveries. This means that genetic engineering - its applications and implications - are among the topics studied. To study Biology is to be at the forefront of scientific enlightenment!

Biology offers a natural bridge between the sciences and the arts. Although it is an essentially scientific subject, its study inevitably requires models and abstract reasoning. It can be the natural choice for both the science and the arts student.

The variety of the subject that makes it fascinating and flexible: it is a natural partner to such diverse subjects as Food Technology, Chemistry, Statistics, Geography, Art, Business Studies and PE.

Course content

AS Units

Unit 1: Cells, Exchange and Transport. Written examination paper of 1 hour in January

Unit 2: Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health. Written examination in June of 1 ¾ hours

Unit 3: Practical Skills in Biology 1. These are assessed using specific experiments and are lessonbased. The coursework will be assessed in the Spring Term. 

A2 Units

Unit 4: Communication, Homeostasis and Energy. Written examination paper of 1¼ hours in January

Unit 5: Control, genomes and Environment. Written examination in June of 2 hours

Unit 6: Practical Skills in Biology 2. This unit is assessed through the completion of three set tasks in the Spring Term.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for Advanced Level study is 6 A* - C grades. Students’ GCSEs must include Mathematics and English at least at Grade C. 4/3 subjects at AS level are usually studied in the first year.

Future opportunities

Biology is of obvious value for a career in medicine or veterinary science. The broad base of A Level study is an excellent preparation for further specialist study at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Much modern scientific research is centred round Biology - from microbiology and biotechnology to genetic engineering and bio-molecular study.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 April 2015
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