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Biology at Longbenton Community College

Course description

YEAR 1:

Firstly we look at how digestive and gas exchange systems may be affected by communicable and non–communicable diseases. How knowledge of basic biology allows us to understand the symptoms of disease and interpret data relating to risk factors. We then move on to look at the influence of genetic and environmental factors on intraspecific variation. How the variety of life is reflected in similarities and differences in its biochemical basis and cellular organisation. How size and metabolic rate affect an organism’s requirements and gives rise to adaptations.

YEAR 2:

This year we look at how living organisms form ecosystems through which energy is transferred and chemical elements cycled. How human activity affects ecological balance in a variety of ways. How genetic variation and isolation may lead to the formation of new species. We then move on to look at stimulus and responses-the biology of the nervous and endocrine systems, homeostasis and the maintenance of a constant internal environment, genes and genetic expression.

Entry requirements

2 x GCSE’s in Science. Minimum of B grade at Additional Science (including B grade in Biology exam). In additional to this a B grade in Mathematics is also required. Students not taking a mathematical A level, may need to take some maths support lessons.

Assessment

AS will consist of 2 90 minute exams in the summer term of Year 12 and 12 assessed practical skills throughout the year.

A level will consist of 3 120 minute exams in the summer term of Year 13 and 12 assessed practical skills throughout the year

Further information

Students not taking a mathematical A level, may need to take some maths support lessons. There is a Field Study in Year 12 for those going on to take the full A Level qualification. We use the AQA endorsed text book written by Glenn Toole and Susan Toole, published by Nelson Thorns

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Longbenton Community College directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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