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Biology A Level at Chew Valley School

Course description

You will develop your scientific knowledge and skills in data handling, graph work and statistics. Practical work will include microscopic examination of specimens and a range of scientific techniques. There will also be a residential field course opportunity.

Course content

The course looks at many aspects of Biology, from cells and their structure and functions, to organs and systems. There is a mixture of animal and plant Biology, ecology with fieldwork, and applications of Biology in the modern world, such as genetic engineering and forensic aspects of Biology.

Entry requirements

Students who have achieved a grade B or better in GCSE Science.

Assessment

AS Level:
- Module 1 – Biology and disease. Worth 34%, assessed in June.
- Module 2 – Making use of Biology. Worth 46%, assessed in June.
- Practical and investigative skills. Worth 20%, assessed throughout the course.

A2 Level:
- Module 1 – Populations and Environment. Worth 34%, assessed in June.
- Module 2 – Physiology and the Environment. Worth 46%, assessed in June.
- Practical and Investigative skills. Worth 20%, assessed throughout the course.
Students who wish to take A2 in this subject will need to attend a five day residential field trip in July of the lower sixth year.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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