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Biology at Harris Academy Upper Norwood

Course description

Year 12 ContentThis is a one-year course. It comprises three units and may be awarded as a discrete qualification or counts for 50% of the full A Level.Unit 1: Cells, Exchange and TransportThe first unit, Cells, Exchange and Transport, makes up 30% at AS and 15% at A2.Unit 2: Molecules, Biodiversity and Human InteractionsThe second unit is Molecules, Biodiversity and Human Interactions which makes up 50% at AS and 25% at A2.Unit 3: Practical Skills in Biology 1The final unit is entitled Practical Skills in Biology 1, this is where students undertake a practical piece of coursework.These modules develop an understanding of topics as diverse as Biological Molecules through to Variation, Adaptation and Evolution.Year 13 ContentThe full A Level comprises all of the AS plus units 4, 5 and 6.Unit 4: Communications, Homeostasis and EnergyThe fourth unit, Communications, Homeostasis and Energy, develops an understanding of photosynthesis, respiration, excretion and homeostasis.Unit 5: Explores Control, Genomes and EnvironmentThe next unit is Explores Control, Genomes and Environment, which includes topics such as Biotechnology and Ecosystems and Sustainability.Unit 6: Practical Skills in Biology 2The final unit of study is Practical Skills in Biology 2, which involves various practically assessed tasks.

Entry requirements

Subject specific entry requirements may apply but as a minimum you should provide 7 GCSEs grades A* - C. Please see our website for full admissions criteria. Students require a grade B or above in Biology GCSE or, if taking Double Science GCSE, then a BB is required with a minimum of a grade B in the Biology modules. Additionally, a grade B in English Language and Maths GCSE is required.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Academy Upper Norwood directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years