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A Level Biology at Conyers School

Course description

AS - Course & Module Description

Unit 1: Biology and disease (17% of A2)

This unit deals with the digestive and gas exchange systems in mammals. The structure of blood is studied to develop an understanding of how materials are transported in the body and to cover defence mechanisms against disease. Cause of disease and how lifestyle affects health are also covered.

Unit 2: The variety of living organisms (23% of A2)

Within this unit students will develop an understanding of how variation within species is influenced by genetic and environmental factors. The structure of DNA, genetic diversity, the cell cycle and classification are also studied.

Unit 3: Investigative and practical skills in AS Biology (10% of A2)

Students will be assessed on their understanding of the investigative and practical skills the two previous modules.

A2 - Course & Module Description

Unit 4: Populations and environment (17% of A2)

In this unit, the way in which living organisms form structured communities within dynamic but stable ecosystems is developed. Energy transfer and cycling of elements is studied and students consider the balance between human needs and conservation. Fieldwork will be carried out to collect and analyse ecological data.

Unit 5: Control in cells and organisms (23% of A2)

Consideration of control mechanisms underpins this unit. Students develop an understanding of the ways in which organisms and cells control their activities. This leads to an appreciation of common ailments resulting from the breakdown of these control mechanisms and the use of DNA technology in the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases.

Unit 6: Investigative and practical skills in A2 Biology (10% of A2)

Further assessment of practical skills developed during the two year course as described for the AS course. Statistical tests are used.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 November 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years