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Biology A-Level at Treviglas Community College

Course description

If you would like to:

  • develop your interest in and enthusiasm for biology, including developing an interest in further study and careers in biology;
  • appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society;
  • develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works;
  • develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of biology and how they relate to each other.

Is this the course for me?

Do you have a keen interest in animals, plants, the human body and biological systems?

Would you like to work in biological related fields from the health professions to marine biology?

Are you hardworking, organised and concientious?

Course content

Lots of practical work will help you understand the study of living things and scientific process in greater depth. The course also involves a large amount of theoretical knowledge both taught and learnt in a wide variety of methods. Biology also aims to develp your communication and interpersonal skills.

We no longer have a coursework part to the award, but practical skills remain very important for science. You will be assessed on how these skills develop throughout your studies. For each award there are a minimum number of practicals that you will be expected to complete. These may well appear in questions found on your exams. You will be asked to keep a lab book for evidence of this practical work.

For AS level there are a minimum of 6 practicals that we will use to assess your skills.

For A level there are a minimum of 12 practicals that we will use to assess your skills.

AS

Core content

1 Biological molecules

2 Cells

3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment

4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

A2

Core content

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 (A-level only)

6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments (A-level only)

7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A-level only)

8 The control of gene expression (A-level only)

Entry requirements

Core Science and Additional Science B or above.

GCSE Biology B plus one other B grade from Physics  or Chemistry or above.

GCSE Maths and English B or above.

Assessment

AS LEVEL

Any content from AS  topics 1– 4, including relevant practical skills

PAPER 1

Written Exam : 1 hour 30 minutes,

·         75 marks

·         50% of AS

Questions

·         65 marks: short answer questions

·         10 marks: comprehension questions

PAPER 2

Written Exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

·         75 marks

·         50% of AS

Questions

·         65 marks: short answer questions

·         10 marks: extended response questions

 

A LEVEL: Exams sat in Summer year 13

What’s assessed

PAPER 1

Any content from topics 1-4 including relevant practical skills

Written Exam: 2 hours

·         91 marks

Questions

·         76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions

PAPER 2

Any content from topics 5-8 including relevant practical skills

Written exam: 2 hours

·         91 marks

Questions

·         76 marks: a mixture of  short and long answer questions

PAPER 3

Any content from topics 1-8 including relevant practical skills

Written exam: 2 hours

·         78 marks

Questions

·         38 marks: structured questions, including practical techniques, 15 marks: critical analysis of given experimental data

Future opportunities

As well as being equipped to handle modern life with a broad knowledge of A-level biology, there are a number of university choices and career options where having A-level biology is preferable or, in some cases, absolutely necessary. Your A-level biology shows you have the ability to analyse and understanding scientific subjects, as well as having sound knowledge and analytical skills.

Possible career choices A-level biology can offer you include Medicine, Pharmacy, Bio- Medical Engineering, Microbiology or Forensic Science; however most require a higher level of education. Your A-level biology can lead you to degrees in biology, microbiology, forensics and medicine. Science careers have been identified as needing a large number of qualified people, it is a growth area. Graduates are well paid and travel opportunities can often be associated with a Science career!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Treviglas Community College directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2016

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