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Biology at Nobel School

Course description

Awarding Body Edexcel - Context Based Approach

This is a 6 module course, where 4 units are theory based/examination assessed and 2 are practical/coursework components. 3 modules are assessed in Year 12 and 3 in Year 13.

What will I learn on this course? This course will enable you to:

  • use and analyse data;
  • understand how human/animal/plant systems work;
  • learn about factors in human health;
  • gain valuable practical skills (especially analytical techniques);
  • understand important environmental issues;
  • discuss current biological issues such as genetic engineering in an authoritative way.

Course content

  • Who would be a successful student of Biology? This course will appeal to students who:

    • enjoy scientific disciplines, practical and field work;
    • would like to know more about recent developments in genetics, health and the environment;
    • are studying related courses, such as chemistry, physics and sports studies;
    • would like to take a science subject to balance humanities or arts disciplines;
    • are interested in Biology.

Entry requirements

Students will be expected to have 5 A*-B grades at GCSE or equivalent, including minimum Grade Bs in Double or Treble Science and Maths, Grade B preferred.

(It is highly recommended that a student should have been taught higher tier Science at key stage 4)


AS LevelAS

Unit 1 : Lifestyle, Transport, Genes and Health

1 hour 15 minute examination (40% of AS level / 20% of A2 level)

Unit 2 : Development, Plants and the Environment

1 hour 15 minute examination (40% of AS level / 20% of A2 level)

Unit 3 - Practical Biology and Research Skills

Assessed Internally (20% of AS level/10% of A2 level )

Research Skills (Coursework) This is a written assessment based on a visit to a site of biological interest or a report of non-practical research on an area of Biological interest.

Practical Biology (Experiment Write ups) This is an assessment based on a number of practicals that are undertaken during the course.

*Those students who wish to study only AS Biology will finish the course after these initial three units.


Unit 4 -The Natural Environment and Species Survival

1 hour 30 minute examination (20% of A2 level)

Unit 5 - Energy, Exercise and Co-ordination

(1 hr 30 min examination (20% of A2 level)

Unit 6 - Practical Biology and Investigative - Internally Assessed (15% of A2)

Future opportunities

You will find this course useful if you wish to follow a career in the following areas:

  • biological sciences;
  • research;
  • pharmacy;
  • medicine;
  • veterinary medicine;
  • health care professions
  • environmental sciences.

Further information

The A level Biology course from September 2008 will follow the Edexcel Specification, Salters Nuffield Advanced Biology (SNAB) pathway. This pathway is a new innovative approach to Biology. It is taught in contemporary topics which are designed to motivate students. A dedicated website, multimedia resources and texts are designed to develop scientific understanding. Three units are assessed in Year 12 and three units are assessed in Year 13.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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