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Human Biology AS level at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School

Course description

The Biology Department offers an A level Human Biology course. This courses aims to provide a broad coverage of the subject from the molecular and cellular levels through to the whole organism and its interactions with other organisms and in the environment.

Biology is a rapidly expanding area which seeks to provide students with a scientific education, to sustain and develop their enjoyment of, and interest in, biology and to equip them with a range of transferable skills needed for future employment.

These skills include:-

  • The ability to plan and carry out experimental investigations.
  • The ability to work safely with apparatus, biological materials and living organisms.
  • An ability to communicate in a clear and informative manner.
  • An ability to appreciate the ethical, social, environmental and economic implications of scientific progress as well as the practical application of biological knowledge.

Course content

Module 1 - The Body and its Diseases.

Written Examination: 1 hour 30 minutes (40% of total AS marks)

Cell structure and the enzyme regulation of biochemical reactions in the cell. How cell membrane structure and function relates to Cystic fibrosis. The nature of disease causing organisms and how they use us for their growth and reproduction. The relationship between life-style and other diseases.

Module 2 - Humans: Their Origins and Adaptations.

Written Examination: 1 hour 30 minutes (40% of total AS marks)

The variety and classification of life. How characteristics are passed on from one generation to the next. How errors in this process can lead to disease. The evolution of humans and the impact of Homo sapiens on their landscape.

Module 3 - Teacher Assessed Coursework.

(20% of total AS marks)

Investigations will be carried out by the pupils as part of their normal laboratory work. It will assess their competence in required manipulative skills and efficiency in time management. It will involve the planning of investigations, making accurate observations and evaluating and drawing conclusions from their results. Students will gain experience of calculating mean and standard deviation; rate and percentage change and of representing data as line graphs, scatter diagrams and using these to identify correlation.

Entry requirements

It is advisable that students following an AS or A2 level course in Biology have previously followed the Dual Science Award at GCSE, and have achieved at least a grade 'C'. A sound knowledge of mathematics is also necessary to help with data analysis and statistical tests.

Future opportunities

Students following this course will find it particularly relevant when they leave school to further studies in: Pure biology, Biochemistry, Psychology, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Sciences, Biotechnology, Agriculture, Horticulture, Pharmacy, Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Forensic science, Scientific Communication, Teaching, Scientific Publishing and administration, pharmacology and Scientific Journalism, to name but a few.

Further information

In previous years there have been residential and non-residential fieldwork courses at Delamere and Menai centres, Grange-over-Sands and Risley Moss.

Conference trips for examination revision.

Visits to Chester Zoo as part of the Inheritance and Selection part of the course. Various opportunities to visit neighbouring industries to observe the applications of biotechnology and the contribution that biology makes to various industrial processes.

It is hoped that these will continue in the future.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ellesmere Port Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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  • Start date: Next September


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