Biology - A Level at Hanley Castle High School
The aims of these specifications are to encourage candidates to:
• develop their interest in and enthusiasm for biology, including developing an interest in further study and careers in biology;
• appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society;
• develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works;
develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of biology and how they relate to each other.
A level Course Content:
Module 1 - Practical skills development
Module 2 - Cells, chemicals for life, transport and gas exchange
Module 3 - Cell division, development and disease control
Module 4 - Biodiversity, evolution and disease
Module 5 - Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
The A level specification has been written to provide progression from GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science, or from GCSE Biology; achievement at a minimum grade B on the Higher Tier paper in these qualifications should be seen as the normal requisite for entry to A level Biology, along with a minimum Grade B in Maths at GCSE.
Paper 1: Biological Processes
Paper 2: Biological Diversity
Paper 3: Unified Biology
Non-Exam assessment of practical skills
Biology gives access to many careers, often via university degree. The list of potential careers is large and includes medicine, physiology, speech therapy, veterinary science, marine biology, ecology, conservation and teaching.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hanley Castle High School directly.