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A Level Biology at All Saints Catholic High School

Course description

The Biology AS and A Level courses build upon the student’s knowledge and understanding gained during GCSE Additional Science and Biology.

Course content

AS Level

Biological molecules Cells Organisms exchange substances with their environment Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

A Level

Biological molecules Cells Organisms exchange substances with their environment Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms Energy transfers in and between organisms Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems The control of gene and expression

Entry requirements

GCSE 6 in Biology or 6 and 6 in the Combined Award Science and a GCSE grade 5 in Mathematics

Assessment

AS is assessed by 2 written papers, both worth 50% of the AS grade.

Students will be assessed on content and relevant practical skills in both papers; the papers will include short answer comprehension and extended response questions.

A level is assessed by 3 written papers.

Paper 1 covers content from topics 1 – 4

Paper 2 covers content from topics 5 – 8

Paper 3 covers content from topics 1 – 8

A separate endorsement of practical skills will be assessed by teachers and will be based on direct observations of students’ competency in a range of skills.

Future opportunities

Students develop skills in applying knowledge, analysing and interpreting data, presenting scientific arguments and ideas, carrying out investigative activities, including appropriate risk management in a range of contents.

The course lays the foundation for any further study of biology or related subjects in higher education. Possible careers include: medicine, biochemistry, veterinary sciences, environmental studies, genetics, ecology, physiotherapy, nursing, sports sciences.

Further information

Student Comment:

“…I decided to take biology as I enjoyed it at GCSE, as well as in the theory side of PE. The course is really fulfilling and enjoyable. There are many practical sessions and trips to see biology in real life situations.”  

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: 09 November 2017
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