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Biology AS/A level at Highbury Fields School

Course description

In the Science department at Highbury Fields School, we believe in developing each student’s potential to educate them for life and preparing them to be contributory members of a scientific and technological society.

The Edexcel GCE Biology specification is designed to engage and inspire students by showing how an understanding of many contemporary issues requires a grasp of biological ideas. Students learn to appreciate how society makes decisions about Biology-related issues and how Biology contributes to the success of the economy and society. The rich learning experience will help students to develop habits for learning and life.

Course content

AS level units:

Unit 1: Lifestyle, Transport, Genes and Health

Unit 2: Development, Plants and the Environment

Unit 3: Practical Biology and Research Skills

A level units:

Unit 4: The Natural Environment and Species Survival

Unit 5: Energy, Exercise and Coordination

Unit 6: Practical Biology and Investigative Skills


Entry requirements

Six GCSEs at grade C or above including minimum grade B in English, a high grade B in Maths and minimum BB in Double Award Science or BBB in Triple Award Science.


Units 1,2,4 and 5:

a written examination paper, which lasts 1 hour 30 minutes and will include:

·         objective questions

·         structured questions

·         short-answer questions

·         How Science Works

·         practical-related questions


Unit 3:

Students will submit a written report of between 1500 and 2000 words which will be marked by the teacher and moderated by Edexcel or externally marked by Edexcel. The report may be either a record of a visit to a site of biological interest or a report of research into a biological topic.


Unit 6:

Students will complete an individual investigation. This is a written report of an experimental investigation, which they have devised and carried out and includes synoptic assessment. This piece of work will be marked by the teacher and moderated by Edexcel or externally marked by Edexcel.


Future opportunities

Biology will provide you with the basis for a wide range of scientific and technical careers. Biology A2 is essential for entry to university courses for Dentistry, Physiotherapy or Biotechnology. If you are an aspiring geographer or psychologist you should also consider studying Biology – you will acquire investigative and practical skills that are directly applicable to these subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highbury Fields School directly.

Last updated date: 20 July 2016
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