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Biology A Level at Twyford CofE High School

Course description

This course is suitable if you:
Want to know how our immune system protects us from a vast array of dangerous
pathogens and how the human race is battling to produce new medicines to keep us
Want to plan experiments, collect data, analyse experimental results, draw conclusions and evaluate your experiment;
Are fascinated by anatomy and enjoy examining the internal organs or a variety of ani-
mals (including insects, fish, and mammals)
Want to know how scientific models are developed, what the applications and implica-
tions of science are, what the benefits and risks that science brings are and how society uses science to make decisions;
Like to get ‘hands on’ experience of ecology during one of our field trips;
Want to pursue a career in a Biology related subject

Course content

A Level Biology is a challenging course which will provide an opportunity to gain a knowledge and understanding of living organisms in relevant exciting contexts.

In Year 1 we will cover exciting topics such as; Development of practical skills in biology, cell structure, microscopy, biological molecules, enzymes and nucleotides, Exchange and
transport, Biodiversity, evolution and disease.

In Year 2 we will examine communication, homeostasis, photosynthesis, respiration, genetics, evolution and ecosystems.

Entry requirements

Grade 77 in Double Science or Grade 776 in Triple Science with a 7 in Biology.
Grade 6 in Mathematics is also required.


Year 12 - exams are not assessed externally in the summer but the final internal exam is

Paper 1 — 1h30; 70 marks; 50% Y1 grade - (does not count towards final A level grade)
Paper 2 — 1h30; 70 marks; 50% Y1 grade - (does not count towards final A level grade)
(subject to change)

YEAR 13 - assessed externally
Paper 1 — 2h15; 100 marks; 37% of total A-level grade
Paper 2 — 2h15; 100 marks; 37% of total A-level grade
Paper 3 — 1h30; 70 marks; 26% of total A-level grade
Non- exam assessment (practical endorsement) — pass/fail grade reported alongside the final A level grade

Future opportunities

A Level Biology would give you access to a career in any area of science in further or higher education related to living organisms. For example, marine biology, medicine, physiotherapy, biochemistry, pharmacology, conservation, teaching... the list is endless!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Twyford CofE High School directly.

Last updated date: 14 December 2017
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