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A Level Biology at Saint Gregory's Catholic College

Course description

This course looks at many aspects of Biology, from cells, their structure and functions to organs and systems. There is a mixture of animal and plant biology, ecology with field work and applications of Biology in the modern world, such as genetic engineering and forensic biology. Students will develop their scientific knowledge and skills in data handling, graph work and statistics. Practical work will include microscopic examination of specimens and a range of scientific techniques. There will also be a compulsory residential field course.

These qualifications are both linear. Linear means that students will sit all the AS exams at the end of their AS course and all the A Level exams at the end of their A Level course.

Course content

AS Biology Subject content and assessments

  • Unit 1: Biological molecules
  • Unit 2: Cells
  • Unit 3: Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Unit 4: Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • Paper 1: Any content from Units 1-4, including relevant practical skills. Written exam 1hr 30mins. 75 marks. 50% of AS Biology.
  • Paper 2: Any content from Units 1-4, including relevant practical skills. Written exam 1hr 30mins. 75 marks. 50% of AS Biology.

A-level Biology Subject content and assessments

  • Unit 1: Biological molecules
  • Unit 2: Cells
  • Unit 3: Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Unit 4: Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • Unit 5: Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Unit 6: Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Unit 7: Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • Unit 8: The control of gene expression
  • Paper 1: Any content from Units 1-4, including relevant practical skills. Written exam 2hrs. 91 marks. 35% of A Level Biology.
  • Paper 2: Any content from Units 5-8, including relevant practical skills. Written exam 2hrs. 91 marks. 35% of A Level Biology. Paper 3: Any content from Units 1-8, including relevant practical skills. Written exam 2hrs. 78 marks. 30% of A Level Biology.

Entry requirements

Students will have a minimum of a grade B in GCSE Biology or Additional Science and have enjoyed the GCSE course. There is also a minimum requirement of a grade B in GCSE Mathematics. By studying Biology at A Level you will be equipped to pursue a multitude of careers, such as medicine, dentistry, biochemistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy and life sciences. It is an enabling A Level for any university course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Gregory's Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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