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Biology A Level at Woodroffe School

Course description

Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from microorganisms to mammoths. The biology A Level helps students develop a number of skills including collecting and evaluating data, investigating facts and taking responsibility for learning. This course could be the opening to an exciting range of biology careers or work and study in other sciences, including medicine. Biology A Level is enhanced by and enhances the following subjects: Chemistry, Geography, Environmental Science, Psychology and PE. A good understanding of Maths is essential and the ability to present written information well is a fundamental requirement.

Course content

Year 12 content

Unit 1 – Lifestyle, Health and Risk
Unit 2 – Genes and Health
Unit 3 – The Voice of the Genome
Unit 4 – Biodiversity and Natural Resources

Year 13 content

Progression – students may only progress if they have completed the topics and compulsory practical experiments as these are common to both qualifications
Unit 5 – On the Wild side
Unit 6 – Immunity, Infection and Forensics
Unit 7 – Run for your Life
Unit 8 – Grey Matter

Entry requirements

Two Separate GCSE Science Grade B or above preferably from Biology and Chemistry, or alternatively two GCSE Grade B or above from the Core and Additional Science. A GCSE Grade 6 or above in Maths and English is also required.

Assessment

Year 12

Internal assessment will include a multiple choice, short open, open response, calculations and extended writing questions.
Paper 1 – Examines Units 1 and 2. One hour 30 minute exam
Paper 2 – Examines Units 3 and 4. One hour 30 minute exam

A Level – Year 13

The assessment will include a multiple choice, short open, open response, calculations and extended writing questions, questions that target mathematicians at Level 2 or above (minimum 10%) and questions that target the conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods based on the 18 compulsory core practical experiments that are completed during Years 12 and 13

Paper 1 - The natural environment and species survival – Questions draw on content from topics 1-6. Two hour exam forming 33.3% of the total qualification

Paper 2 - Energy, Exercise and Co-ordination – Questions draw on content from Topics 1-4 and 7-8. Two hour exam forming 33.3% of the total qualification

Paper - General and Practical Applications in Biology – Questions drawn on content from all topics and includes synoptic questions that draw on two or more different topics. A pre-released scientific article will underpin one section of the paper. Two hour exam forming 33.3% of the total qualification Science Practical Endorsement – Internally assessed and externally moderated.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 March 2017
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