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Reformed Biology at John Willmott School (JWS)

Course description

LEVEL AS/A2 Level

EXAMINATION BOARD OCR

Biology is the study of living organisms. It comprises of 6 modules, one of which is a practical endorsement.

Course content

Students study the AS level components in Y12 and the A level components in Y13.

At the end of Y12 students are assessed and need to be successful to be in AS level assessments to move onto the A level course.

At the end of Y13 students must be assessed on the entire content of A level and A level using the A level assessments, which have a more challenging format than the AS level assessments.

Students must also complete12 practical tasks during Y12 and Y13 to gain the practical endorsement and be awarded the A level.

Entry requirements

You will need 5 GCSEs including at least a B Grade (A is prefered) in Biology or Science and a C Grade in English and Maths.

Assessment

SPECIFICATION AND UNITS OF STUDY

AS Units Studied:

Module 1 Practical skills

Module 2 Foundations in Biology - Cell structure, biological molecules, enzymes and cell division

Module 3 Exchange and Transport - Exchange surfaces and transport in Plants and animals

Module 4 Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease  - Immune system and classification

 

Assessment

Paper 1 containing short and multiple choice questions on modules 1, 2, 3 and 4. This paper assesses a student’s breadth of knowledge.

Paper 2 containing short and longer questions on modules 1, 2, 3 and 4.  This paper assesses a students depth of knowledge.

 

A Level Units Studied:

Module 5 Communications, Homeostasis and Energy Nervous system, hormones, respiration and photosynthesis

Module 6 Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems - Inheritance, Biotechnology, Populations Assessment

 

Assessment

Paper 1 containing short, extended and multiple choice questions on modules 1, 2, 3 and 5.  This paper assesses a student’s understanding of biological processes.

Paper 2 containing short, extended and multiple choice questions on modules 1, 2, 4 and 6.  This paper assesses a student’s understanding of biological diversity. 

Paper 3 containing short and extended questions on the whole course.

Future opportunities

WHERE CAN THE COURSE LEAD?

A Level Biology complements studies in other sciences, Geography and PE, and allows entry onto a wide range of Biological degree courses; Medicine, Nursing, Sports Science, Physiotherapy, Environmental courses and Food Sciences.  

Regardless of the course you want to study at University or career you want to take Biology is a highly regarded subject.

Further information

WHO TO CONTACT FOR INFORMATION Mrs K Basset or Mr R Duncan

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Willmott School (JWS) directly.

Last updated date: 11 November 2014
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