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Biology A Level at Feversham College

Course description

By studying biology at A-level you will learn to understand the living world, to think independently, to appreciate the delicate ecological balance that sustains life on Earth, and to answer fundamental questions like "what is life?" If you enjoyed biology at GCSE, and would like to delve into it in more depth, then A-level biology is the course for you.

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

Course content

Following the successful completion of AS, the second year builds on the foundations built at AS and develops biological understanding with the study of:

  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression

Entry requirements

A*-B in GCSE Maths, PLUS A*-B in GCSE Core and Additional Science, OR A*-B in GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students will also need to pass an initial assessment.

The GCSE profile of students following the academic pathway is 5 A*-B (including English Language) and A*-C in Maths.

Assessment

Paper 1:

  • Content from any AS topic including any relevant practical skills (35% A level)
  • Contains a total of 91 marks and is 2 hours long
  • 76 marks: A mixture of short and long answer questions
  • 15 marks: Extended response questions

Paper 2:

  • Content from any Second year topic including any relevant practical skills (35% A level)
  • Contains a total of 91 marks and is 2 hours long
  • 76 marks: A mixture of short and long answer questions
  • 15 marks: Comprehension question

Paper 3:

  • Any content from all 8 topics including relevant practical skills (30% A Level)
  • Contains a total of 78 marks and is 2 hours long
  • 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

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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