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Biology A Level at West Kirby Grammar School

Course description

WHY CHOOSE BIOLOGY

Biology is a challenging course to choose covering topics, some of which you will have studied at GCSE and now will cover in more depth. During the course you will be able to develop your practical skills in regular laboratory sessions which includes planning, observing, analysing and evaluating the data collected. As well as this you will have the opportunity to spend a fascinating fieldwork day on a rocky shore, discovering sea slugs and star ascidians whilst developing your ecological awareness. Students are also offered the opportunity to attend lectures delivered by external speakers including a chief examiner. Whether you would like to pursue a science based career or just have an interest in this subject you should consider studying Biology in the Sixth Form.

Course content

CONTENT - Advanced Level

Students complete three further units in Upper Sixth. Topics covered include respiration, photosynthesis, nervous system, homeostasis, ecology, genetics and gene technology.

Entry requirements

Advanced Level

  • In order to progress onto Advanced Level courses you must achieve at least a D grade at AS Level in three subjects (excluding General Studies)
  • See entry conditions for AS Levels

Assessment

ASSESSMENT

Two written papers of short, structured questions and an essay, including a synoptic element, of 1 - 2 hours in length, worth 40% of A2.

Practical assessment tasks carried out in lesson time, worth 10% of A2.

Future opportunities

WHAT CAN I DO WITH BIOLOGY?

Careers related to this subject include medical and para-medical courses (eg Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Dietetics, Radiotherapy, Radiography and Speech Therapy); Veterinary Science, Biochemistry in Industry (e.g. Food Technology; Pet Foods; Brewing; Detergents; Pesticides); Agriculture and Fisheries, Horticulture, Forensics; Teaching.

Further information

WHAT DO I NEED TO START THE COURSE?

GCSE Biology and Chemistry at least at grade B, or the equivalent grades in co-ordinated Science (and it is an advantage to continue with the study of Chemistry for this provides valuable reinforcement of biochemical principles).

Candidates should be hardworking, enthusiastic and be prepared to spend time in the library each week consolidating the work covered in the laboratory and classroom.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Kirby Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 school year

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