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Biology A Level at Bury St Edmunds County Upper School

Course description

As a science qualification, students passing this subject will be considered favourably in many unrelated careers. In addition to this biology provides a sound basis for higher education where it can lead to medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, teaching and an increasingly wide variety of science degrees such as biochemistry, micro-biology, pathology, forensic science, immunology, plant biology, environmental science
and marine biology.

Course content

Eight units are taught over two years. The course aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the key concepts of biology. Students also develop an understanding of scientific methods and become aware of advances in technology relevant to biology. A number of required practical activities are an integral part of the course; some of these are assessed in written examinations. Students are encouraged to recognise the value and responsible use of biology in society. The areas studied include: biological molecules, cells, how organisms exchange substances with their environment, genetic information and variation, energy transfers in and between
organisms, how organisms respond to changes in their environment, genetics and populations, the control of gene expression.

Entry requirements

Students  who  wish  to  study  GCE  Advanced  level  courses  are  required  to  have  passed  at  least  five  GCSE  or  equivalent  level  two  courses  at  grades  5-9  including  a  minimum  of  grade 5 in the subjects they wish to study.  Most students attempting A level courses will have  more  than  this  minimum.  In  subjects  not  taught  at  GCSE  a  5  in  a  related  subject  is  required (for example, a 5/6 in English would enable a student to study Politics).

Assessment

Paper 1
Written exam: 2 hours 35% of A-level
What's assessed
• any content from topics 1–4, including relevant practical skills
• a mixture of short answer, long answer and extended response questions
 
Paper 2
Written exam: 2 hours 35% of A-level
What's assessed
• any content from topics 5–8, including relevant practical skills
• a mixture of short and long answer questions and a comprehension question
 
Paper 3
Written exam: 2 hours 30% of A-level
What's assessed
• any content from topics 1–8, including relevant practical skills
• structured questions, including practical techniques, critical analysis of given experimental data, one essay from a choice of two titles

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bury St Edmunds County Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 12 January 2018
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