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Biology at Carshalton High School for Girls

Course description

Biology at AS and A level will enable you to acquire a systematic body of biological knowledge and appreciation of its significance. This course develops many of the topics you may have already studied and introduces you to some of the exciting areas of Biology in the contemporary world. For example, the influence genes have on development, environmental issues and aspects of human health. It will also give you an awareness of the ethical, technological and economic aspects of the subject.
This is the new AQA Specification 2015 onwards


Course content

There will be a mixture of practical and theory lessons but there will be more personal learning than at KS4.  There will be many opportunities for research based assignments and group work. 
Unit 1 – Biological molecules
-      Molecules of life and understanding chemical reactions.
-      To understand how DNA and RNA replicate
Unit 2 – Cells
-      Eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells and organelles
-      Mitosis and the factors effecting mitosis
-      Antigens and the immune system
-      Antibodies in Medicine
Unit 3 – Transport systems
-      Gas exchange
-      Lung disease
-      Digestion
-      Haemoglobin
-      Transport in plants and animals
Unit 4 – DNA, RNA and protein synthesis
-      DNA and genes and chromosomes
-      RNA and protein synthesis
-      Transcription and translation
-      The genetic code
-      Meiosis and mutations
-      Natural selection
-      Selection
-      Courtship behaviour and classification
-      Genetic and biodiversity
Unit 5 – Energy transfers
-      Photosynthesis
-      Respiration
-      Nutrient cycles
-      Ecosystems
Unit 6 –Organisms respond to change
-      Inheritance
-      Populations
-      Evolution
Unit 7 – Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
-      Inheritance
-      Population and population control
-      Evolution
Unit 8 – The control of gene expression
-      Transcription
-      Translation
-      Genome projects

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 5 A* - C grades in 5 different subjects including Maths and English as students will need to be able to communicate effectively and research information from a variety of sources and also be able to handle and interpret data.
Students who have studied Additional Science or the Triple Sciences are suitable candidates for A Level Biology. It is expected that students will have achieved a Grade B or above in Additional Science (taken at the Higher Tier) or at least a B grade in the chosen discipline for Triple Science.


There are two written exams for AS which include content from the units and practical skills
Two written exams for AS: 1 hour 30 minutes (75 marks) 65 short answers and 10 marks comprehension questions.

There are three written exams for A-Level: 2 hours covering Units 1-8

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carshalton High School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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