Biology A Level at Park High School
Biology A-level is designed to extend your understanding of the structure and function of living things and develop your ability to apply your understanding to explaining real-life and practical contexts. Practical work, mathematical skills and applying your knowledge to explain data forms an integral part of the course and there are 16 core practical’s on which you will be assessed on these skills in class.
In addition to practical investigations, you will study the following topics in-depth:
Cells and viruses
Exchange and transport
Energy for biological processes
Microbiology and pathogens
Origins of genetic variation
GCSE grades (minimum) required to enrol on this course:
5 in Biology GCSE or 5-5 in Combined Science GCSE 5 in Mathematics GCSE and 4 in English Language GCSE
Unit 1 - Advanced Biochemistry, Microbiology and Genetics - exam 90 marks - 1hr 45 min - 30% weighting
Unit 2 - Advanced Physiology, Evolution and Ecology - exam 90 marks - 1hr 45 min - 30% weighting
Unit 3 - General and Practical Principles in Biology - exam 120 marks - 2 hr 30 min - 40% weighting
Unit 4 - Science Practical endorsement - Teacher assessment of the practicals will lead to an overall mark of Pass or Fail which will be reported on the results certificate
Biology is a rigorous academic subject that forms an excellent foundation for any form of study or career in which the ability to make links, research and retain knowledge, discuss and debate controversial issues and have a thorough understanding of scientific investigations are required. Popular post-18 choices include studying Biology or associated specialties (Biochemistry, Genetics, Physiology etc.) and studying Medicine or medical-related courses such as Dentistry, Optometry, or Physiotherapy.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Park High School directly.