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A Level Biology at St Mary's RC High School

Course description

Students will study the following topics during the course which aims to stimulate students' interest in
and enjoyment of the study of the biological sciences. It forms a good basis for further study and
AS Level
Molecules and cells - gaseous exchange in plants and animals - transport in mammals and multi cellular
plants - genetic code and applied genetics - reproductive strategies - adaptations for nutrition -
adaptations for parasitism - biodiversity
A2 Specification
Energy & ecosystems – respiration – photosynthesis – microbiology - genetic code - mendelian genetics
– evolution – reproduction – homeostasis – the nervous system.
The AS examination consists of two theory (each 20% weighting) and one practical (10% weighting)
assessment unit. The practical assessment is conducted during normal lesson time.
It consists of 2 parts:
Planning and carrying out and analysing an experiment
Microscope work carried out under open book
The completed work is then submitted to an external assessor for marking. The A2 examination also
consists of two theory and one practical assessment unit.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to take Biology at A level should have achieved a minimum grade B in Biology
(Triple Science) or grade B in Additional Science.
A plain white laboratory coat (made from heavy duty cotton or cotton/polyester mix) for
practical work.
A large part of the A2 Ecology component will be taught on a three day residential field course
run in the Autumn term of Year 13. Attendance is therefore compulsory

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary's RC High School directly.

Last updated date: 17 September 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years