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Biology A Level at St Edward's Church of England School & Sixth Form College

Course description

You will develop the greater understanding of biological facts together with an appreciation of their significance in new and changing situations. You will develop greater expertise in the area of practical work and the link between theory and experimental work. You will continue to enjoy and further develop a personal interest in the study of living organisms. You will examine the recognition of the responsible use of Biology in society and the awareness of developments in Biology in an ever-changing world.

The topics covered include:
1. Biological molecules
2. Cells
3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment
4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
5. Energy transfers in and between organisms (A-Level only)
6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments (A-Level only)
7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A-Level only)
8. The control of gene expression (A-Level only)

Entry requirements

It is expected that students will have achieved a GCSE grade B or above in both Core and Additional Science or grade B in Biology. During the course, students will be expected to handle and interpret data so it is also expected that students will have achieved a GCSE grade 6 in Mathematics.

Assessment

AS Level

Paper 1: Assessed on any content from topics 1– 4, including relevant practical skills. (50% of AS level)

Paper 2: Assessed on any content from topics 1– 4, including relevant practical skills. (50% of AS level)

A-level

Paper 1: Assessed on any content from topics 1– 4, including relevant practical skills. (35% of A-Level)

Paper 2: Assessed on any content from topics 5– 8, including relevant practical skills. (35% of A-Level)

Paper 3: Assessed on any content from topics 1– 8, including relevant practical skills. (30% of A-Level)

Future opportunities

Follow a degree course in Biology, Environmental Science, Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Psychology or Pharmacy. This is just a small selection of the courses with direct links to Biology. It can also be used to support applications for Higher Education courses in non-scientific subjects.

Employment in the area of the health professions, biotechnology, catering, and land management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Edward's Church of England School & Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2017
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