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Biology AS/A Level at Haggerston School

Course description

This course develops an enthusiasm for biology and practical skills alongside understanding of concepts and principles.It provides an appropriate and relevant foundation of knowledge and skills for the study of  biology in Higher Education.

Course content

The AS course covers the following units:

Unit One: Lifestyle, Transport, Genes and Health. In this unit you will learn about structure and function of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins, action of enzymes, cell membranes, structure and role of DNA and RNA including replication and protein synthesis, inheritance, gene mutations and gene therapy.

 Unit Two: Development, Plants and the Environment. In this unit you will learn about cell structure of eukaryote and prokaryote cells, cell specialisation, meiosis, genotype and environmental influence, stem cell research, principles of taxonomy, and various aspects of plant biology.

Unit Three: Practical Biology and Research Skills. Students write a report of between 1500 and 2000 words, either a record of a visit to a site of biological interest or a report of research into a biological topic.

The A Level course covers the following units:

Unit Four: The Natural Selection and Species Survival. In this unit you will learn about photosynthesis; energy transfer within ecosystems, evidence for global warming, evolution through natural selection and speciation, nutrient recycling, structure of bacteria and viruses, infectious diseases and immunology.

 Unit Five: Energy, Exercise and Co-ordination. In this unit you will study ATP, glycolysis and respiration, control and functioning of the heart, ventilation and cardiac output, homeostasis, the nervous system, impact of exercise on body, and brain structure and development.

Unit Six: Practical Biology and Investigative Skills. Students will complete an individual investigation. This is a written report of an experimental investigation, which they have devised and carried out.

Entry requirements

6 GCSEs at grade A*-C including a C grade in English and at least two B grades

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 December 2016
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