A Level Biology at Hasmonean High School
Biology is one of the most popular A Level subjects in the country, attracting students studying a wide range of other subjects. Many of these students enjoy the subject so much they eventually choose a biologically related degree course. Others go on to careers in law, computing, accounting or teaching. So, whatever field you will eventually work in, you will find Biology a very rewarding and challenging course which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career.
In the first year you’ll study three main topics: ‘Biology and disease’, ‘The variety of living organisms’, plus a practical assignment which is designed to sharpen your investigative skills. Amongst them, these three topics give a solid grounding in Biology.
Year two helps you build on that firm foundation and, like year one, has two academic topics plus a practical assignment. The academic topics are ‘Populations and environment’, and ‘Control in cells and organisms’. The practical assignment is where you investigate a different area of Biology.
The Biology A Level course helps students develop a number of skills:
- How to collect data and evaluate it
- How to investigate facts and use deduction
- How to put over your point of view effectively • How to take responsibility for your own learning
- Grade A in Additional Science GCSE (including a grade A in the Biology units),
- Grade A in GCSE Mathematics as numerical and mathematical skills are important in Biology and,
- Grade B in GCSE English Language. This is important as you will need to be able to communicate effectively, carry out research and think critically about problems.
In the first year you will have three assessments. A 75-minute paper on ‘Biology and disease’ accounts for 17% of your A Level marks. A 105-minute paper on ‘The variety of living organisms’ accounts for 23% of your A Level marks. The practical assignment accounts for 10% of your A Level marks. Year two is almost identical. A 90-minute paper on ‘Populations and environment’ accounts for 17% of your A Level marks. A 135-minute paper on ‘Control in cells and organisms’ accounts for 23% of your A Level marks. The practical assignment accounts for 10% of your A Level marks.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hasmonean High School directly.