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Biology AS/A2 Level at Balby Carr Community Academy

Course description

Course content

It has never been more important that people are aware of basic biological principles. In addition, it is important to understand how scientists interact with each other and society in order to make use of new discoveries. The course aims to encourage students to develop essential knowledge and understanding so that they can make sense of current issues. It aims to make Biology exciting, interesting and relevant.

The course will prepare specialists to continue with further study and non specialists to be better informed citizens in the 21st Century. The course builds on concepts and skills developed in the new GCSE course. How Science Works continues to permeate the whole course.

Course content

A Level Biology consists of six assessment units (three for AS and three for A2). The normal pattern envisaged will be for candidates to complete AS at the end of their first year of study and A2 at the end of their second year of study.

The modules cover the following topics.

AS Units 1-3: Biology and disease

 The variety of living organisms

 Investigative and practical skills in AS Biology.

A2 Units 4-6: Populations and Environment

 Control in cells and organisms

 Investigative and practical skills in AS Biology.

 

 

Entry requirements

The course is suitable for those students who have taken Core and Additional Science. It is expected that students will have achieved a BB grade or better. This course is not suitable for students who have taken Core BTEC Applied Science.

Assessment

AS is worth 50% of the total ‘A’ level marks. Units 1 and 2 are assessed externally by examination papers including questions on data handling; analysis and evaluation; a comprehension and a short structured essay.

A2 is worth 50% of the total ‘A’ level marks. Units 4 and 5 are assessed externally by examination papers including questions on data handling; analysis and evaluation; a comprehension; a short structured essay and a synoptic essay.

Practical assessment. This is similar in style to assessment at GCSE. Unit 3(AS) and Unit 6(A2) will include Practical Skills Assessment (PSA) and an Investigative Skills Assignment(ISA)

Future opportunities

Many of the students that study Biology at A level go on to study Biology at a higher level. The most common career routes are:

  • Nursing
  • Medicine
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Physiotherapy.

It could lead to such diverse careers as:

  •  Teaching
  •  Research and Development
  •  Publishing or Administration

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Balby Carr Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015

Key information

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

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