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Biology at Ysgol Llanhari

Course description

Biology covers a wide range of topics including the core principles of Biology, genes and genetic engineering and the effects of the environment. You will learn to differentiate and assimilate detailed information and to draw logical conclusions from scientific evidence.

Course content

AS Content
Unit BY1: Basic Biochemistry and Cell structure
This unit incorporates the biochemistry and structure which is fundamental to the functioning of living organisms: structure and function of biological compounds and enzymes; basic cell structure and organisation; cell division; cell membranes; membrane transport.
Unit HB2: Biodiversity and Physiology of Body Systems
This unit includes the study of the relationship between organismsthrough their evolutionary history, energy uptake and nutrients, gas exchange, transport system, and the defence mechanisms of the human body.
Unit BY3: Practical work
Comprises a written report of a school set investigation and an exercise on observation using a microscope.

 

A2 Content
Unit BY4: Metabolism, Microbiology and Homeostasis
This unit involves the study of energy supply in living organisms along with microbiology and populations; homeostasis and nervous system plus a brief overview of some adaptations and nonmammalian systems.
Unit BY5: Environment, Genetics and Evolution
This unit involves the study of variation and evolution plus genetics and applications; ecosystems and energy flow along with human effects on the environment.
Unit BY6: Practical work
Comprises a written report of a school set investigation and an exercise on observation using a microscope.

Entry requirements

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Assessment

AS – Two written papers BY1 (40%) and HB2 (40%), each of 1 hour 30 minutes duration. Practical work BY3 (20%) comprising a written report of a school set investigation and a microscope exercise which is externally marked.
A2 – For the full A2 qualification, the AS modules contribute to the final grade (BY1 – 20%, HB2 – 20%, BY3 – 10%). There are two additional modules that are assessed through examination (BY4 – 20%, BY5 – 20%) and a further assessment of practical skills (BY6 – 10%).

Future opportunities

Studying Biology is a basis for a number of career options such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Speech Therapy, Laboratory work, Teaching, Psychology, Sport Science, Child care, Dietetics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Llanhari directly.

Last updated date: 31 July 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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