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Biology at Sutton Grammar School

Course description

Biology is a modular course which builds on the biological principles and processes studied at GCSE. Students will develop a greater understanding of biological facts and principles and an appreciation of their significance in our changing world. Examples, of this include the use of gene therapy, how to determine the time of death of a human, and how hormones can switch genes on or off. A number of implications of the biology studied are discussed in detail, such as the ethics of performance enhancing drugs, the importance of stem cells and the use of key hole surgery alongside prosthetics.

Entry requirements

To take A Level Biology, boys must achieve a minimum of an A grade in Biology GCSE.

Assessment

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Biology A (Salters-Nuffield) consists of three externally examined papers, each being worth one third of the overall mark. Each has a total of 100 marks and is 2 hours long. The papers will include questions that target the conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods. Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year.

Paper 1: The Natural Environment and Species Survival. Paper code: 9BN0/01
This written paper will assess students understanding of Topics 1-6, and will contain multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.

Paper 2: Energy, Exercise and Co-ordination. Paper code: 9BN0/02
This written paper will assess students understanding of Topics 1-4 and Topics 7&8, and will contain multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.

Paper 3: General and Practical Applications in Biology. Paper code: 9BN0/03
This written paper will assess students understanding of Topics 1-8 and a pre-
released scientific article will underpin one exam question. The paper will include synoptic questions that may draw on two or more different topics.

Future opportunities

Biology is essential if studying any Life Science course in Further Education and is usually taken by boys wishing to study medicine or dentistry. It combines well with all Sciences, Mathematics, Geography, Psychology and Physical Education although many students studying "Arts" A-levels have taken it with a great deal of success. It is a very interesting and popular course and most should at least consider it as an option. Much emphasis is placed on practical activities and learning by extended study in both practical and theory. All of these are critical to many university courses and are therefore valued by many different university departments.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 September 2016
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