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Human Biology at Sleaford Joint Sixth form

Course description


Aims of the course to are to encourage you, the candidate, to develop: • An enthusiasm for Human Biology • Practical skills alongside understanding of concepts and principles • An appropriate and relevant foundation of knowledge and skills for the study of Human Biology in Higher Education.

Course Content

AS Outline

At AS, this specification stimulates the enthusiasm of students from the start. It emphasises the way in which biologists work and the contributions of biology to society in a way that underpins the specification but is not intrusive:
* Unit 1: The body and its diseases (worth 120 UMS, 40% of the total AS)

* Unit 2: Humans, their origins and adaptations (worth 120 UMS, 40% of the total AS)

* Unit 3: Practical and Investigative Skills (worth 60 UMS, 20% of the total AS) a2 outline

At A2, this specification continues the approach taken at AS. The specification is clearly presented with a summary and content for each unit. There are additional sections summarising biological principles and establishing contexts for how science works:

* Unit 4: Bodies and cells in and out of control (worth 120 UMS, 20% of the total A2)

* Unit 5: The air we breathe, the water we drink , the food we eat (worth 120 UMS, 20% of the total A2) • Unit 6: Practical and Investigative Skills (worth 60 UMS, 10% of the total A2)

* The remainder of the A2 award is made up from the AS UMS carried forward.


You will take examinations in June during each year of the course which will test your theory and practical skills in the subject. Practical skills are assessed by coursework (Units 3 and 6), and are likely to be assessed in April or May of the relevant year.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements are as they are for Level 3 programmes plus a grade B in GCSE Science, Additional Science or Biology. Please note that a double B in Science will ensure a better foundation for the course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sleaford Joint Sixth form directly.

Last updated date: 30 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years