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Biology at Gunnersbury Catholic School

Course description

Biology touches every part of us, from who we are to how we interact with others and the environment. As we develop as an adult, we may have to make many difficult decisions, for instance do we have children knowing that we could potentially have a child with Cystic Fibrosis. What would life be like for that child, what are the treatments available, what are the future treatments, and are these treatments ethical? Biology informs us as to the choices we have, teaches logical reasoning, and ethical objectivity which allows the best decisions to be made. With these skills mastered we are able to appreciate other contemporary biological issues.

AS or A level Biology is suitable if you:

  • * have an interest in, and enjoy Biology
  • want to find out about you development, health and how you interact with others and real world
  • enjoy applying your mind to solving problems and debating ethical issues
  • want to use biology to progress onto further studies in Higher Education or support other qualifications
  • And you like electronic interactive learning resources and up to date practical techniques!

Course content

AS Units

Unit 1 - Biology and Disease

Unit 2 - The Variety of Living Organisms

Unit 3 - Internal Assessment - Investigate and Practical Skills

A2 Units:

Unit 4 - Populations and Environment

Unit 5 - Control in Cells and Environment

Unit 6 - Investigate and Practical Skills

Entry requirements

Applicants will be required to have achieved at least 5 GCSE passes at grade C or better PLUS grade B in GCSE Biology or GCSE Additional Science or Distinction in BTEC Science.

Assessment

A2 Units:

Unit 1:
Written exam (16.7% of total A2)
The paper contains 5-7 short answer questions plus 2 longer questions, a short comprehension and a structured questions requiring continuous prose.

Unit 2:
Written exam (23.3% of total A2)
The paper contains 5-7 short answer questions plus 2 longer questions involving the handling of data and How Science Works.

Unit 3:
Teacher assessed, moderated by AQA (10% of total A2)
Practical Skills assessment and Investigate Skills Assessment

A2 units:

Unit 4:
Written exam (16.7% of total A2)
The paper containes 6-9 short answer questions plus 2 longer questions involving continous prose and How Science Works

Unit 5:
Written exam (23.3% of total A2)
The paper contains 8-10 short answer questions plus 2 longer questions (a data handling question and a synoptic essay - choice of 1 out of 2)

Unit 6:
Teacher assessed, moderated by AQA (10% of total A2)
Practical Skills Assessment
Investigate Skills Assessment

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses, which overlap with Biology such as Chemistry, Applied Science, Physics, Geography, Geology or more general subjects that may not relate to the sciences, to prepare for higher education. With further training, you could go into a job related to Biology or one of the other sciences such as a Doctor, Nurse, Scientist or Marine Biologist. The course will also help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

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 Gunnersbury Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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