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Biology A Level at Caroline Chisholm School

Course description

AS

Lifestyle, Transport, Genes and Health

Paper 1
Topic 1 – Lifestyle, health and risk
Topic 2 – Genes and Health

Development, Plants and the Environment

Paper 2
Topic 3 – The voice of the genome
Topic 4 – Biodiversity and natural resources

 

Course content

A Level

Unit 1: The Natural Environment and Species Survival
This paper will examine the following topics:
- Topic 1: Lifestyle, Health and Risk
- Topic 2: Genes and Health
- Topic 3: Voice of the Genome
- Topic 4: Biodiversity and Natural Resources
- Topic 5: On the Wild Side
- Topic 6: Immunity, Infection and Forensics.
 
Unit 2: Energy, Exercise and Co‐ordination
This paper will examine the following topics:
- Topic 1: Lifestyle, Health and Risk
- Topic 2: Genes and Health
- Topic 3: Voice of the Genome
- Topic 4: Biodiversity and Natural Resources
- Topic 7: Run for your Life
- Topic 8: Grey Matter.
 
Unit 3: General and Practical applications in Biology
This paper will include questions from topics 1‐8.
- A scientific article will be pre‐released on the exam board website 8 weeks before the examination.

 

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language or Literature: Grade 5 minimum, Grade 6 preferred
GCSE Mathematics: Grade 5 minimum, Grade 6 preferred
 
Students who have taken Core and Additional Science need to have at least two B grades, including B in their Biology modules.
Students who have taken Triple Science must have at least Grade B in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
 

Assessment

These will include practical work and note taking using ready‐made ICT based presentations, researching and presenting topics to each other, discussions of Biology in the news, debates, group work and field studies. A trip to Woburn Safari Park will be carried out in year 12 as part of Topic 4, evaluating the role of zoos in animal conservation. A trip (most likely residential) to complete A level ecology practical curriculum work will take place later in the course. This trip will run in September of year 13.Also in year 13 we visit the University of Northampton to carry out some CORE practical activities relating to gel electrophoresis.

Future opportunities

Progression on to a range of higher education courses including degrees (medicine and veterinary or life sciences such as Botany and Zoology) and Higher Nationals (e.g. applied science and sports science). Direct entry into employment especially into science related work. Progression on to Level 4 vocational qualifications such as NVQ’s in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Caroline Chisholm School directly.

Last updated date: 01 February 2017
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