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Biology at King Edward VII

Course description

This is a two year course with an exam taken at the end of Y13.

Biology is an ever-expanding area of research and technology.  A qualification in Biology will open up for you many different career opportunities, ranging from work in the community as a doctor, physiotherapist or nurse, to careers in manufacturing or education.

Course content

During the first year you will study:

Topic 1-  Biological Molecules

Topic 2 – Cells

Topic 3 – Transport and Exchange

Topic 4 – Genetic Information, Variation and Relationships

 

During the second year you will study:

Topic 5 – Energy transfers (Photosynthesis and Respiration)

Topic 6 – Response to Changes

Topic 7 – Genetics, Populations, Evolution and Ecosystems

Topic 8 – The Control of Gene Expression

 

Practical Assessment:

Coursework or controlled assessments will no longer form part of the A Level Biology qualification. Instead, you will complete 12 practicals which will give you a separate practical endorsement that will stand alone from the A Level. However, some of the skilled developed in practicals will be assessed through written questions in the terminal exams.

 

Entry requirements

The Biology Advanced level course is both demanding and stimulating.  Do you have an interest in living organisms and how the living world functions?  To be accepted onto this course you must have a minimum of two grade 6s in a dual award Science or a 6 in Biology Single Science with a 6 in another science.  The new A Level course now contains 25 separate listed mathematical skills which you will be examined on so a grade 5 in Maths is required.

To ensure that the subjects you have chosen fit into our timetable please click the link below to download our subject blocking timetable. Please note that this may be subject to change depending on course demand or staffing.

Y12 Subject Blocks 2018-19

NOTE: the school reserves the right NOT to run courses where the number of students is not viable.

Assessment

Students will sit three exam papers at the end of their two years of study.

Paper 1 ( 35%)  = Topics 1 to 4.

Paper 2 ( 35%) = Topics 5 to 8

Paper 3 ( 30%) = Synoptical ( All units) and practical skills questions

 

Future opportunities

Biology is an ever-expanding area of research and technology. A qualification in biology will open up for you many different career opportunities, ranging from work in the community as a doctor, physiotherapist or nurse, to careers in manufacturing or education.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 104 Weeks

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