AS and A Level Biology at Wetherby High School
The course provides a fascinating study of living organisms-how they function and interact with their environment. It will build on your knowledge from GCSE and provides many of the answers as to why and how living organisms function.
The course is taught using a variety of approaches and uses discussion to help apply the material to real life situations
The course will incorporate practical work to develop your practical and analytical skills.
AS Unit Overview
2 Foundations in biology
3 Exchange and transport
4 Biodiversity, evolution and disease
Nucleotides and nucleic acids
Cell diversity and organisation
Transport in animals
Transport in plants
Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system Biodiversity
A2 Unit Overview
5 Communication, homeostasis and energy
6 Genetics, evolution
Communication and homeostasis Excretion as an example of homeostatic control
Neuronal communication Hormonal communication
Plant and animal responses Photosynthesis
Patterns of inheritance Manipulating genomes
Cloning and biotechnology Ecosystems
Populations and sustainability.
AS Assessment Overview
Assessment consists of two written papers
Paper 1 – 90 min 50% of the marks
Paper 2 – 90 min 50% of the marks
Both papers assess every aspect of the course and will incorporate practical and mathematical skills.
The assessment is by multiple choice short answer and some longer extended answer questions
A2 Assessment Overview
Assessment consists of three written papers
Paper 1 – 135 min 37% of the marks
Paper 2 – 135 min 37% of the marks
Paper 3 – 90 min 26% of the marks
A practical file will need to be completed over the year.
All papers assess every aspect of the course and will incorporate practical and mathematical skills.
The assessment is by multiple choice short answer and some longer extended answer questions.
How to apply
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