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Biology AS/A2 Level Edexcel (SNAB) at The Astley Cooper School

Course description

The SNAB Salters Nuffield advanced Biology AS/A Level is an academic course which involves a practical based course of study. Students will be using a 'concept approach' to biology which begins with a study of the theories and principals of biology and then explores their practical applications. The course has an exclusive dedicated website, multimedia resources and course texts.

This course uses a mix of contemporary and cutting-edge developments in biological sciences allowing students to study real life issues in biology today. Many of the concepts are explored through practical work, where students develop skills such as planning, risk assessment and evaluation.

Course content

Unit 1 AS level: Lifestyle, Transport, Genes and Health.
This unit is assessed by means of a written examination paper, which lasts 1 hour 15 minutes.

Unit 2 AS level: Development, Plants and the Environment.
This unit is assessed by means of a written examination paper, which lasts 1 hour 15 minutes

Unit 3 AS level: Practical Biology and Research Skills - coursework
Unit 4 A2 level: The Natural Environment and Species Survival
Unit 5 A2 level: Energy, Exercise and Coordination
Unit 6 A2 level Practical Biology and Investigative Skills

Entry requirements

At least 2 science GCSEs at grade B and Maths at grade C

Assessment

Units I and 2 AS level. These units are assessed by means of a written examination paper, which lasts 1 hour 15 minutes.

Unit 3 AS. Coursework. 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.

Units 4 and 5 A2 level. These units are assessed by means of a written examination paper, which lasts 1 hour 15 minutes.

Unit 6 A2 Coursework. Students will complete and 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.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Astley Cooper School directly.

Last updated date: 29 March 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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