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Biology at John Mason School

Course description

This is a subject which is now a reformed A level which means that the result of the AS exams does not contribute to the overall A level mark and grade. If a student leaves the course after AS then this new type of AS is worth 40% of the UCAS points of the full A level for University entry in 2017 and beyond. If a student completes the two year A level course then it is only assessment at the end of the second year that counts towards the full A leve l grade.

Course content

How you will learn

  • Class discussions and presentations
  • Research and independent learning
  • A range of practical work in lessons
  • Analysis of data
  • Answering challenging questions

Skills you will need

  • An interest in the subject, beyond what is taught at school.
  • Excellent Independent learning and organisational skills.
  • Good maths skills, including calculating percentage and interpreting graphs
  • Excellent language skills, including using technical vocabulary and giving clear, concise explanations
  • Self - motivation

Entry requirements



Assessment Methods

Paper 1 & 2 At AS:

  • Any content from topics 1 - 4 including relevant practical skills;
  • Two written exams, each:1 hour 30 minutes - 75 marks
  • 65 marks: short answer questions
  • 10 marks: comprehension question
  • Each is 50% of AS

At A2:

Paper 1

  • Any content from topics 1 – 4, including relevant practical skills
  • Written exam: 2 hours - 91 marks
  • 76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions
  • 15 marks: extended response questions
  • 35% of A - level

Paper 2

  • As above, except assessment cover topics 5 - 8

Paper 3

  • Any content from topics 1 – 8, including relevant practical skills
  • Written Exam: 2 hours - 78 marks
  • 38 marks: structured questions, including practical techniques
  • 15 marks: critical analysis of given experimental data
  • 25 marks: one essay from a choice of two titles
  • 30% of A - level

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 November 2017
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