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AS and A Level Biology at Wetherby High School

Course description

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.

 

Course content

AS Unit Overview

2 Foundations in biology

3 Exchange and transport

4 Biodiversity, evolution and disease

Biological molecules

Nucleotides and nucleic acids

Enzymes

Biological membranes

Cell division,

Cell diversity and organisation

Exchange surfaces

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

Respiration

Cellular control

Patterns of inheritance  Manipulating genomes

Cloning and biotechnology  Ecosystems

Populations and sustainability.

 

Assessment

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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Last updated date: 09 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: AS 1 year and A Level 2 years
  • Course code: OCR H020

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