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Biology A Level at Queens Park Community School

Course description

AS Biology will be offered as a standalone qualification available at the end of year 12; you will be expected to achieve at least a grade D to progress to year 13. The A level will be made up of three papers taking a total of 6 hours which will test your learning over the whole two years. The exam board specification followed is Edexcel.

Course content

A level Biology covers the following topics:
 
Biological molecules,
Exchange surfaces
Transport in animals
Transport in plants
Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system
Biodiversity
Classification and evolution
Communication and homeostasis
Excretion as an example of homeostatic control
Neuronal communication
Hormonal communication
Plant and animal responses
Photosynthesis
Respiration
Cellular control
Patterns of inheritance
Manipulating genomes
Cloning and biotechnology
Ecosystems
Populations and sustainability

Entry requirements

At least grade 6 in Combined Science or in Chemistry and Biology if you have taken triple science. At least grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics GCSEs. As well as having a scientific and inquiring mind, you should be interested in some of the social and ethical issues associated with new advances in biological science and prepared to do a significant amount of wider reading as well as homework assignments.

Assessment

Practical skills
A series of practical activities, the ‘practical endorsement’, is teacher assessed throughout the two years. It does not contribute to the final grade but the outcome does appear on your results certificate and may form part of a university offer. Practical skills are also tested within question papers.
 
Mathematical skills
10% of the assessment will now test mathematical skills. This will include calculations of magnification, statistical tests, percentage calculations, dilutions, measures of diversity, converting between units, and other mathematical skills in the context of biology.
 
Exams
There will be 3 exams at the end of the A level and these will total 6 hours of assessment. There will be one‘ synoptic ’ paper covering key ideas from the 2 year course. Each paper will assess mathematical skills and will include a variety of question styles including some multiple choice questions and some essay style extended responses.

Future opportunities

A Level Biology can lead to a variety of university courses, including: Biology, Sports
Science, Medicine, Nursing, Health Studies, Dietetics, Psychology, Social Care, Environmental Studies and Pharmacology . The AS offers an opportunity to continue with science for those studying arts and humanities. Please note that if you are interested in pursuing Biological Science at University an A Level in Chemistry would be desirable.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queens Park Community School directly.

Last updated date: 16 April 2018
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