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Biology at Ryde Academy

Course description

GCE Biology is a single award which will give you an A2 qualification at the end of two years. The qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and practical skills gained in the GCSE Science course. The primary aim of the course is to enable you to develop the analytical thinking and application of skills necessary to continue studying Biology in Further Education and the world beyond. The specification is divided into units, each covering different key concepts in Biology We study six units in total (details below) which is mainly exam led but also includes coursework and an assessment of your practical capabilities.

Course content

Unit 1 (F211)(15%) 1 hour exam.   Module 1:Cells.  All organisms consist of cells. What do cells have in common, how do cells differ.  The structure of the cell membrane.  Cell division and cell specialisation.  Module 2: Exchange and Transport.  How do cells exchange substances.  Gaseous xchange.  Transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide.  Water transport in plants.

Unit 2 (F212) Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health (25%) Exam 1 hour, 45 mins.  Module 1:  Biological Molecules.  Every living organism is built from relatively few chemicals.  Carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleotides and enzyme function.  Module 2:  Food and health.  Food is essential for growth and health.  Diet and disease.  Transmissio of disease, immunity and vaccination.  Affects of smoking on health.  Module 3: Biodiversity and Evolution. Biodiversity is the variety of Life

Unit 3 (F213) Practical Skills in Biology 1 (10%)  Assessment of practical ability throughout the year in controlled assessment conditions within the classroom.

Unit 4 (F214) Communications, Homeostasis and Energy (15%) Exam 1 hour.  Module 1. Communication and Homeostasis.  Homeostasis is negative feedback. Nervous communication. Regulation of Glucose. Module 2. Excretion. Liver and Kidney function. Module 3. Photosynthesis. Module 4. Respiration. Anaerobic and aerobic.

Unit 5 (F215) Control, Genomes and the Environment (25%) Exam 1 hour 45 mins. Module 1 Cellular control. How DNA codes for proteins, meiosis, continuation and discontinuous variation.  What is a species. Module 2 Biotechnology and gene technologies. Cloning, industrial enzymes, DNA manipulation, genetic engineering, gene therapy and ethics. Module 3. Ecosystems and sustainability. Ecosystems, understanding energy transfer, succession, decomposition and completion.  Module 4. Responding to the environment. Plant response, control of nervous system, muscle control. Actions of hormones.

Unit 6. (F216) practical skills in Biology 2 (10%) Internally assessed. Assessment of practical capability throughout the year.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C grades GCSE including grade BB Science & C in Maths GCSE


 Unit 1 (F211) Cells, Exchange and Transport (15%)

Unit 2 (F212) Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health (25%)

Unit 3 (F213) Practical Skills in Biology 1 (10%)

Unit 4 (F214) Communications, Homeostasis and Energy (15%)

Unit 5 (F215) Control, Genomes and the Environment (25%)

Unit 6 (F216) Practical Skills in Biology 2 (10%)

Future opportunities

Now is a really exciting time to be involved in Biology.  Biologists are constantly making discoveries which are, and will, affect all our lives.  This course can lead to a wide variety of degrees associated with biology, Biochemistry, Agriculture, Medicine, healthcare, Ecology and the Environment.

Students studying Biology can go into a wide range of careers such as conservation, wildlife management, the food industry, the biochemical industry, agriculture, healthcare, medicine, horticulture, research, teaching, museums, zoology, bacteriology and marine biology.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ryde Academy directly.

Last updated date: 01 September 2016
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