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Biology A level at Sacred Heart of Mary Girls' School

Course description

The course will encourage students to:

  • develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other.
  • develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods.
  • develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills.
  • develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject.
  • understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.
These specifications provide numerous opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality, and equip students with the essential practical skills they need.

Course 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
  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

Applicants to the Sixth Form need to have achieved a minimum of five full GCSEs at grade C or above as well as the entry requirements for the individual course:

At least two B grades in GCSE Sciences and grade C in GCSE Mathematics.

At least 10% of the marks in assessments for biology will require the use of mathematical skills, they will be at least the standard of higher tier GCSE mathematics, for example:
  • Calculating the arithmetic mean
  • Using significant figures
  • Frequency tables, bar charts and histograms

Assessment

Paper 1: Any content from topics 1– 4, including relevant practical skills
 
written exam: 2 hours; 91 marks; 35% of A-level
  • 76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions
  • 15 marks: extended response questions
 
Paper 2: Any content from topics 5–8, including relevant practical skills
 
written exam: 2 hours; 91 marks; 35% of A-level
  • 76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions
  • 15 marks: extended response questions
 
Paper 3: Any content from topics 1–8, including relevant practical skills
 
written exam: 2 hours; 78 marks; 30% of A-level
  • 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

 

Future opportunities

Biology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in conservation, ecology, manufacturing, health and clinical professions, such as:
  • Medicine,
  • dentistry,
  • veterinary science,
  • physiotherapy,
  • pharmacy,
  • optometry,
  • nursing,
  • zoology,
  • marine biology
  • forensic science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sacred Heart of Mary Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 22 December 2016
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