Biology A Level at Corfe Hills School
You will be studying the following subject areas/topics:
- Energy transfers in and between organisms – Photosynthesis and respiration, biomass and food webs, nutrient cycles – Nitrogen and phosphorus.
- Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments – Survival and response, receptors, nervous system, muscle contraction, homeostasis – control of blood glucose and the kidney.
- Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems – Inheritance, evolution and speciation.
- The control of gene expression – Mutations, epigenetics, cancer, genetic engineering, DNA probes and genetic fingerprinting.
Students will have nine lessons a cycle which will be split between two teachers. Assessment is exam based, opportunities to improve practical skills are provided throughout the course.
There are 6 required practical’s that take place throughout the year which are assessed in the examination papers.
- Chromatographic isolation of leaf pigments.
- The Hill reaction – Investigating the rate of dehydrogenase activity in extracts of chloroplasts.
- Investigating the rate of respiration in yeast.
- Woodlice and choice chambers.
- Quantitative Benedict’s test with identification of an unknown concentration.
- Investigating species distribution – Quadrats.
Assessment is continuous throughout the year. You complete a series of assignments which you will receive feedback on. This is often in the format of an essay which builds on the skills required for paper 3 examination. As well as assessment tasks based on application of investigative and practical skills. Formal assessment is by examination with written papers in the summer:
Paper 1: Any AS (Yr 12) content, 2 Hours, 35% of A Level
Paper 2: Any year 13 content, 2 hours, 35% of A level
Paper 3: Any content (yr12 and yr 13 topics), 2 hours, 30% of A level – includes an essay from a choice of 2 titles.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Corfe Hills School directly.