Reformed Biology at John Willmott School (JWS)
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.