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Biology A Level at Hugh Christie School

Course description

About the Course

Board: AQA

 

Biology is a course that is key to a huge array of careers. Put simply, Biology is the study of life. It has close links with Mathematics and Chemistry.

 

This course is perfect for students who are fascinated in the world around us, the human body and how organisms interact with one another. Biology A Level is an essential component for many science and medical degree courses. It provides an ideal platform for anyone wanting to study the Biological Sciences further. Our Biology course includes twelve compulsory practicals with lots of opportunities to carry out experiments and investigations. The course also develops transferable skills that can be used in many degree courses.

 

Biology Advanced Level is highly respected by both universities and employers.

 

 

 

Course content

Course Content

1) Biological molecules

2) Cells

3) Organisms exchange substances with their environment

4) Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

5) Energy transfers in and between organisms

6) Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

7) Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

8) The control of gene expression

 

 

 

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved Grades 9 to 5 in both Core and Additional Science and achieved at least one Grade 7, 8 or 9. Questions in the examinations will require Maths to at least a GCSE Grade 5 standard.

Assessment

Paper 1

What's assessed?

Any content from topics 1–4, including relevant practical skills in a 2-hour exam with 91 marks. There is a mixture of short and long answer questions (76 marks) and extended response questions (15 marks). This paper makes up 35% of the A-Level.

Paper 2

What's assessed?

Any content from topics 5-8, including relevant practical skills in a 2-hour exam with 91 marks. There is a mixture of short and long answer questions (76 marks) and a comprehension question (15 marks). This paper makes up 35% of the A-Level.

Paper 3

What's assessed?

Any content from topics 1-8, including relevant practical skills in a 2-hour exam with 78 marks. There is a mixture of structured questions including practical techniques (38marks), critical analysis of given experimental data (15 marks) and one essay from a choice of 2 titles (25 marks). This paper makes up 30% of the A-Level.

 

 

 

 

Future opportunities

Biology A level is a useful subject for those wishing to pusue a caree in Nursing, Sport Sciences, Phamaceutials, Marine Biology, Environmental Biology, Foresnsics, Laboratory work and more

Further information

To find out more about this qualification contact us or your school/college careers staff. Full course details can be found on our www.hughchristie.kent.sch.uk

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 22 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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