Biology - AS/A2 at St Thomas More School & Sixth Form College
The Three-Unit AS GCE
The Advanced Subsidiary GCE is both a ‘stand-alone’ qualification and also the first half of the corresponding Advanced GCE. The AS GCE is assessed at a standard appropriate for candidates who have completed the first year of study (both in terms of teaching time and content) of the corresponding two-year Advanced GCE course, ie between GCSE and Advanced GCE.
The AS GCE is made up of three mandatory units, of which two are externally assessed and one is internally assessed and will include the assessment of practical skills. These units form 50% of the corresponding six-unit Advanced GCE.
The Six-Unit Advanced GCE
The Advanced GCE is made up of three mandatory units at AS and three
further mandatory units at A2.
Two of the AS and two of the A2 units are externally assessed.
The third AS unit and the third A2 unit are internally assessed and will include the assessment of practical skills.
Teaching is based both on traditional lectures and on discussions. Students are issued with a course text book to support each module and to help with their research and homework. The Biology Department is well equipped and places considerable emphasis on practical work.
The course covers:
Advanced Subsidiary Units - First Year
Unit F211 Cells, Exchange & Transport
Unit F212 Molecules, Biodiversity, Food & Health
Unit F213 Practical Skills in Biology 1
Advanced Level Units - Second Year
Unit F214 Communication, Homeostasis & Energy
Unit F215 Control, Genomes & Environment
Unit F216 Practical Skills in Biology 2
For more information please contact the Science Department
It is generally recommended that applicants for this course achieve grade A* or A in GCSE Biology/Science and Additional Science. Grade B applicants will be considered after a discussion with the Head of Department. A GCSE grade C or higher in Maths is also a requirement.
Method of assessment (First Year): AS Total A Level%
1 hour written paper 30% 15%
1 hour written paper 50% 25%
Coursework/40 minute practical task 20% 10%
Method of assessment (Second Year): Total A" Level%
1 hour written paper 15%
1 hour written paper 25%
Coursework/40 minute practical task 10%
There are no costs involved with this course other than those invloved with outside visits.
Biology combines well with other subjects. Career prospects for students with a Biology background and are interested in biochemistry and molecular biology, are good.
Biology A-level leads to a variety of career options at different levels such as: agriculture, horticulture, food research, bio-technology, marine biology, veterinary surgery, forensic science, dentistry and medicine.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas More School & Sixth Form College directly.