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Human Biology A Level at Parkside School

Course description

The aims of this course is to encourage candidates to:

· develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, human biology, including developing an interest in further study and careers in human biology;

· appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society;

· develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works;

· develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of human biology and how they relate to each other.


Course content

Unit F224: Energy, Reproduction and Populations

Module 1: Energy and Respiration


Athletic Performance

Module 2: Human Reproduction and Populations

Fertility and Contraception

Assisted Reproduction

Food, Farming and Populations – Producing Food

Food, Farming and Populations – Human Impact on the Environment


Unit F225: Genetics, Control and Ageing


 Module 1: Genetics in the Twenty-First Century

Inheritance of Human Genetic Disease

Genetic Techniques

Counselling Individuals on Genetic Issues

Transplant Surgery and Cloning

Module 2: The Nervous System

Monitoring Visual Function

Treating Central Nervous System Injuries

Modifying Brain Function

Module 3: Homeostasis

The Importance of Homeostasis

Managing Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Urine Production

Treating Kidney Disease

Module 4: The Third Age

The Effects of Ageing on the Reproductive System

The Effects of Ageing on Other Body Systems


Unit F226: Extended Investigation in Human Biology

Designing a data collection strategy

Collecting and processing raw data

Analysis and evaluation

Entry requirements

Successful completion of AS level Human Biology

Future opportunities


Throughout the course, candidates are introduced to the ideas underpinning the study of human biology and their application to a variety of contexts, both everyday and more specialised. Their understanding of How Science Works in human biology is deepened.

The specification thus provides a valuable education for candidates who take their study of human biology no further. It is also an excellent foundation for further study of human biology, biomedical science or other biological sciences.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Parkside School directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September