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Biology A Level at St Mark's Catholic School

Course description

The course develops your understanding and awareness of the living world from molecular level, through cells to whole ecosystems. It allows you to develop essential knowledge and understanding of concepts and the skills needed to use in new and changing situations. It deals with several current issues and it will make you aware of advances in technology. The course also strives to recognise the value and responsible use of Biology in society and to address moral and ethical issues as well as wider environmental concerns.

Course content

The course helps students develop a number of skills, including:
• How to collect data and evaluate it
• How to investigate facts and use deduction
• How to emphasise your viewpoint effectively
How to take responsibility for your own learning
The Course Content
Year 12
Module 1: Development of practical skills in Biology
(This Module spans both Year 12 and Year 13)
Module 2: Foundations in Biology
Module 3: Exchange transport
Module 4: Biodiversity, Evolution & Disease
Year 13
Module 5: Communication, Homeostasis & Energy
Module 6: Genetics, Evolution & Ecosystems
Method of Assessment
There are three external written examinations at the end of the A Level
Course: Biological Processes (37%)
• Biological Diversity (37%)
• Unified Biology (26%)


There is no coursework. Instead, practical skills will be tested within the question papers, constituting a minimum of 15% of the available marks.
There is also a Practical Endorsement requirement whereby you complete 12 essential practical activities over the two years. This will not count towards the A Level grade but is reported alongside it. You are required to keep a record of these investigations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mark's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 18 December 2017
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