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Biology AS/A Level at Fitzharrys School

Course description

This is a subject which is now a reformed A level which means that the result of the AS exams does not contribute to the overall A level mark and grade. If a student leaves the course after AS then this new type of the AS is worth 40% of the UCAS points of the full A level for University entry in 2017 and beyond. If a student completes the A level course then it is only the assessment at the end of the second year that counts towards the full A level grade.

Course content

AS

1 Biological molecules

2 Cells

3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment

4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

A2

1 Biological molecules

2 Cells

3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment

4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

5 Energy transfers in and between organisms

6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

8 The control of gene expression

Entry requirements

• An interest in the subject, beyond what is taught at school.

• Excellent Independent learning and organisational skills.

• Good maths skills, including calculating percentage and interpreting graphs

• Excellent language skills, including using technical vocabulary and giving clear, concise explanations

• Self-motivation

 

Assessment

Paper 1 & 2

Any content from topics 1-4 including relevant practical skills;

Two written exams, each:1 hour 30 minutes - 75 marks

65 marks: short answer questions

10 marks: comprehension question

Each is 50% of AS

Paper 1

Any content from topics 1–4, including relevant practical skills Written exam: 2 hours - 91 marks 76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions 15 marks: extended response questions 35% of A-level

Paper 2

As above, except assessment cover topics 5-8

Paper 3

Any content from topics 1–8, including relevant practical skills Written Exam: 2 hours - 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 two titles 30% of A-level

Future opportunities

A good grade in A level Biology will prepare students for a wide range of courses, both at university and in the workplace. It is an excellent grounding for careers in Biomedical Sciences, Forensic Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Marine Biology, Biophysics, Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Education and many more.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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