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Biology AS/A Level at Easingwold School

Course description

This is a broad and wide-ranging course covering a full range of
plant and animal species with emphasis on new applications of Biology.
You could take the AS level qualification in this course to complement other Advanced level courses that may overlap with Biology or complete the two year Advanced GCE in Biology (A level) which could lead onto higher education in science-related subjects or more general higher education courses.

Course content

AS - Biological Molecules; Cells; Organisms exchange substances with their environment and Genetics, variation and relationships between organisms.
A level -The four units above and the following additional four units:
Energy transfers between organisms; Responding to the
internal and external environment; Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems and the control of gene expression.


The practical and investigative skills are a challenging component of the course and are now examined as part of the written examination papers. Students are expected to complete 12 core practical tasks over the two years and these will form the basis of examination questions in the written papers at A level only.

AS (one year course)
Paper 1
Written paper 1hr 30mins
50% of total AS marks
Paper 2
Written Paper 1hr 30mins
50% of total AS marks
(Both papers will cover a mix of
the four AS modular units.
(All examinations are taken at the end of the two year course).
Paper 1:
Written paper 2hrs
35% of total A Level marks
Contains questions based on
modular units 1-4 of the course(see AS) and associated practical skills.
Paper 2:
Written paper 2hrs
35% of total A Level marks
Contains questions based on
modular units 5-8 of the course(see A level) and associated practical skills
Paper 3:
Written paper: 2 hours
30% of total A Level marks
Contains questions covering all 8
topics and an essay question.






Future opportunities

The course is an essential preliminary for many careers in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, biochemistry, agriculture and veterinary sciences. Job prospects in boom areas like microbiology, biotechnology and genetic engineering are excellent.
With further training, you could go into a job related to Biology such as medicine and veterinary science, research-based science or jobs in technical support,biomedical science, pharmacy or marine biology. You could also go straight into a job as the AS level GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

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How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 January 2017
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