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Biology A Level at Invicta Grammar School

Course description

A Level Biology students follow the Edexcel Biology specification. The context led specification has been designed to immediately immerse students in biological situations allowing them to link concepts together. As the course progresses, more concepts are applied to explore the subject as a whole. The course places emphasis on the scientific skills of data analysis as well as deep understanding and detailed factual knowledge.

Course content

Part of the course is also dedicated to building practical scientific skills in and beyond the laboratory. Students will carry out investigations and analyse numerical data to draw valid scientific conclusions. Students have the opportunity to develop the tools to succeed as mature and effective scientists, fitted for a wide range of careers which an A Level in Biology lends itself to. A Level Biology works well in combination with the other science courses, using the principles from GCSE Chemistry and physics and seeing the implications in a biological setting.

Entry requirements

7/above in Biology or Core and Additional Science; and a grade 6 in Mathematics.

Assessment

Assessment 1
100 marks
The content covers all of the first year topics and environmental Biology and immunology.
2 hour examination at the end of the A Level course.
Assessment 2
100 marks
The content covers all of the first year topics and neurology and respiration topics.
2 hour examination at the end of the A Level course.
Assessment 3
100 marks
This is a synoptic paper with sections covering all topics and a section based around a ‘pre-release article’ seen prior to the examination.
2 hour examination at the end of the A Level course.

Future opportunities

There are many obvious higher education courses and careers that require an A Level in Biology, such as medicine and veterinary medicine. As well as this there are a wide range of career paths that Biology will be useful for, such as palaeontology, pharmaceuticals, forensics, genetics, neurosciences, physiotherapy, zoology, sports sciences, nutritionists, horticulture, agriculture and many, many more. Students from Invicta Grammar School regularly move their studies in Biology onto undergraduate level at universities which have strong bioscience departments.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Invicta Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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