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Biology A2 at University Academy Keighley

Course description

The biology specification builds on concepts and skills developed in the new GCSE science courses. It presents biology as exciting, relevant and challenging. The main principles are presented through interesting contexts such as disease. The specification also develops a thorough knowledge of DNA, reflecting much of the work being undertaken in modern biology. The way that scientists work and the contribution of science to modern society underpins the specification and investigation skills are developed through practical work assessed within school.

Course content

The biology specification builds on concepts and skills developed in the new GCSE science courses. It presents biology as exciting, relevant and challenging. The main principles are presented through interesting contexts such as disease. The specification also develops a thorough knowledge of DNA, reflecting much of the work being undertaken in modern biology.The way that scientists work and the contribution of science to modern society underpins the specification and investigation skills are developed through practical work assessed within school.

Unit 4

Populations and Environment - Written Paper, 1 hour 30 minutes (16%)

Subject Content:

  • Living organisms form ecosystems through which energy is transferred and chemical elements cycled
  • Human activity affects ecological balance in a variety of ways
  • Genetic variation and isolation may lead to the formation of new species.

Unit 5

Control in Cells and in Organisms - Written Paper, 2 hrs 15 minutes 23%

Subject Content:

  • Stimulus and responses - the biology of the nervous and endocrine systems
  • Homeostasis and the maintenance of a constant internal environment
  • Genes and genetic expression.

Unit 6

Practical and Investigative skills (Internal Assessment) 10%

Practical skills assessment (PSA) by teacher, during the course

Investigative skills assignment (ISA)

Entry requirements

Students enrolling on this course ideally should have a grade B or above in GCSE science. They will be expected to have passed the exam component of the GCSE with a C grade or above.

Assessment

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact University Academy Keighley directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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