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Biology at The Joseph Rowntree School

Course description

AS Units:

Unit 1: Biology and Disease - This involves the study of biological principles including cell structure, basic biochemistry, the role of enzymes and the processes involved in movement of substances across cell membranes. You will study the physiology of the heart, digestive and gas exchange systems, the biological basis of lung and heart disease and the principles of immunology.

Unit 2: The variety of Living Organisms - In this unit you will study DNA, genetic diversity, variation and classification. You will learn how the variety of life is reflected in its biochemical basis and cellular organisation and study the specialised exchange surfaces in fish, insects and the mass transport systems of a mammal and plant.

Unit 3: Investagative and Practical Skills Assessment

A2 Units:

Unit 4: Populations and Environments - This unit involves biochemistry, ecology and genetics. You will learn about the processes of respiration and photosynthesis along with the study of populations, ecosystems, the cycling of nutrients, energy transfer and food production. The unit builds on your knowledge of inheritance and the potential formation of new species.

Unit 5: Control in cells and organisms - In this unit you will learn how body temperature, blood glucose concentration and the oestrus cycle is controlled. You will study the conduction of nerve impulses, transmission at synapses and muscle contraction to understand how coordination may be of an electrical nature and learn more about the genetic code, the control of gene expression and gene cloning technologies.

Unit 6: Investagative and Practical Skills Assessment

Entry requirements

To be successful at A-Level, students need to achieve an average points score of 38, which is broadly equivalent to 5 GCSE grades A*-C

Grade B in Additional Science and Core Science GCSE.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Joseph Rowntree School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

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