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Biology A level at Langley Park School for Girls

Course description

‘A modern, relevant and exciting course that engages students, takes account of the many recent advances in biology and makes use of the most appropriate teaching approaches and technologies to enable students to learn’.

Course content

AS

Unit 1  Lifestyle, Transport, Genes and Health

Topic 1 Lifestyle, Health and Risk. This includes the circulatory system, lifestyle factors and cardiovascular disease, structure and function of carbohydrates and lipids

Topic 2 Genes and Health. This includes transport of materials across cell membranes, DNA structure and replication, protein synthesis, inheritance, diagnosis and treatment of cystic fibrosis, gene therapy

Unit 2  Development, Plants and Environment

Topic 3 The voice of the genome. This includes the Human Genome Project, gene action, cell ultrastructure, cell differentiation, fertilisation and stem cells.

Topic 4 Biodiversity and natural resources. This includes plant anatomy, traditional and novel uses of plants, the role of zoos in conservation of endangered species, biodiversity and classification.

A2

Unit 1  Lifestyle, Transport, Genes and Health

Topic 1 Lifestyle, Health and Risk. This includes the circulatory system, lifestyle factors and cardiovascular disease, structure and function of carbohydrates and lipids.

Topic 2 Genes and Health. This includes transport of materials across cell membranes, DNA structure and replication, protein synthesis, inheritance, diagnosis and treatment of cystic fibrosis, gene therapy.

Unit 2  Development, Plants and Environment

Topic 2 Genes and Health. This includes transport of materials across cell membranes, DNA structure and replication, protein synthesis, inheritance, diagnosis and treatment of cystic fibrosis, gene therapy.

Topic 4 Biodiversity and natural resources. This includes plant anatomy, traditional and novel uses of plants, and the role of zoos in conservation of endangered species, biodiversity and classification.

Unit 3  The Natural Environment and Species Survival

Topic 5 On the wild side. This includes photosynthesis, ecosystems, climate change, global warming and its effects on plants and animals. Human responsibility for the environment.

Topic 6 Infection, Immunity and Forensics. This includes forensic pathology techniques, bacterial and viral infections and protection from disease.

Unit 4  Energy, Exercise and Co-ordination

Topic 7 Run for your life. This includes human physiology and exercise, performance, respiration, muscle physiology, homeostasis, medical technology and performance enhancing substances.

Topic 8 Grey Matter. This includes the nervous system, sight, brain development, memory, brain imaging techniques, diseases of the nervous system, and the ethical issues related to the use of animals in medical research.

 

 

 

Entry requirements

  • 6 in Biology GCSE or 6 in Science GCSE and 6 in all Biology papers
  •    5 in GCSE Mathematics

During the course, visits are arranged to museums and other places of biological interest. You are encouraged to attend outside lectures and read from a variety of sources. There are a wide range of resources available on the Salters-Nuffield website package together with weblinks on the internet. There is a comprehensive range of inhouse revision materials for each topic.

Skills required:

  • Ability to learn and retain factual information
  • Ability to think clearly and interpret information
  • The ability to use initiative to research information independently
  • The ability to manipulate practical equipment, follow experimental procedures
  • Design and carry out investigations

Assessment

Year 13 Assessment

Paper 1 The Natural Environment and Species Survival 2 hours 33.33% of total mark

Paper 2 Energy, Exercise and Co-ordination 2 hours 33.33% of total mark 

Paper 3 General and Practical Applications in Biology 2 hours 33.33% of total mark

Practical skills will be assessed throughout the two years.

Other A Level subjects that have links with this Biology course are Chemistry. Geography, Psychology and Sports Science (PE)

 

Future opportunities

Study of Biology and other A Level Sciences can lead to a variety of careers, not necessarily involving further study of science. Biology would be needed for further study or careers in the fields of zoology, Botany, Veterinary work, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Environmental Science, Genetics and Medicine.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 October 2017
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