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Biology AS & A Level at Brine Leas School

Course description

In the first year you’ll study four main topics: ‘Biological molecules’; ‘cells’, 'organisms exchange with the environment' and 'Genetic information' plus a series of practical assignments that are designed to sharpen your investigative skills. Amongst them, these four topics give a solid grounding in Biology.

Year two helps you build on that firm foundation and, like year one, has academic topics plus practical assignments. The academic topics are ‘Energy transfers in and between organisms’, ‘Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments', 'Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems' and 'The control of gene expression'.

Course content

In the first year you’ll have two assessments. Two 90 minute papers on all of the AS content, this will include questions about the assessed practical tasks. Each paper contributes 50% to the AS grade.

You will complete three papers. Paper 1 is a 2 hour exam based on the AS content, it accounts for 35% of the A2. Paper 2 is a 2 hr exam on the A2 content and accounts for 35% of your A Level marks. Paper 3 is a 2 hour examination on all assessed practical activities and accounts for 30% of the A2 grade.

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved a Grade B or above at GCSE Level (Biology or Science/Additional Science).

Assessment

AS Level

Paper 1: Content from sections 1-4

  • 50% of AS
  • External examination paper 1 hour 30 minutes

Paper 2: Content from sections 1-4

  • 50% of AS
  • External examination paper 1 hour 30 minutes

A Level

Paper 1: Content from sections 1-4

  • 35% of A-Level
  • External examination paper 2 hours

Paper 2: Content from sections 5-8

  • 35% of A-Level
  • External examination paper 2 hours

Paper 3: Content from sections 1- 8 including

  • 30% of A-Level
  • External examination paper

Future opportunities

Biology involves the study of a, wide range of exciting topics ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from microorganisms to mammoths.

Biology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, zoology, marine biology or forensic science

Students who take Biology often also study from a wide range of subjects, including Psychology, Sociology, PE, Chemistry, Science in Society, Physics, Applied Science, Health & Social Care, Critical Thinking and Environmental Studies.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 October 2016

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