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Biology - AS/A2 Level at Westhoughton High School

Course description

At Westhoughton Sixth Form the syllabus followed is Salters Nuffield Advanced Biology. This is an advanced biology course which teaches biological concepts through real life contexts and case studies, unlike most A Level Biology courses that start with Cell Biology or Biochemistry. We start with an account of Mark, a 15 year old who has a stroke, and Peter, an adult who has a heart attack. We then go on from the details of their cases to look at the factors that make it more likely that any of us will suffer from a stroke or heart attack. This allows you to understand the biochemistry of fats and carbohydrates bit by bit, as you need to know them to understand about strokes and heart diseases, rather than all at once. The activities in the course challenge students to engage with ideas and evidence - working individually or in groups. The teacher's role is more to do with guiding and explaining rather than transmitting factual information. Through active debate and discussion you will be helped to develop your ability to form opinions about social and ethical issues and to support these opinions through well-thought-through arguments, using clear framework. You will learn through a wide variety of activities, from standard practical to model-building and role plays, together with interactive tutorials and animations. Interactive material includes topic introductions, reviews, tests, tutorials, simulations, animations, spreadsheets and video clips. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ What is AS and A2? A-Levels are made up of the AS-Level and the A2. Each part makes up half of the overall A-Level grade. Year One: the AS This can be either a free standing qualification, or be valued as the first half of the full A-Level. At the end of the AS year, you have two options (depending on the preference of your school or college): • take the AS-Level qualification only; OR • continue to the second year and go for the full A-Level Year Two: the A2 In year two of a full A-Level, you take the A2 - this is not a separate qualification, but the second half of the A-Level. The A2 is designed to deepen the knowledge you gained during the AS-Level.

Entry requirements

AS Requirements: 5 A* - C GCSE including a grade B in Biology or Double Award Science with Additional Science (Note:Additional Applied Science is not accepted). A2 Requirements: To progress on to the A2 you first need to pass AS Biology.

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Future opportunities

An A-Level in Biology is useful for students aiming at a career in medicine, veterinary science, dentistry and the allied health sciences, such as forensics, physiotherapy and nursing. It will also be useful in environmental careers. Biology is ideally studied alongside another science and/or Maths, but can be taken alongside Humanities and Arts subjects to broaden the curriculum.You could take this course with other advanced level courses which overlap with Biology such as Chemistry, Applied Science, Physics, Geography and Geology or more general subjects that may not relate to the sciences, to prepare for higher education in science related subjects or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Biology or one of the other sciences such as a Doctor, Nurse, Scientist or Marine Biologist. You could also go straight into a job as this is a recognised qualification that will help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff. Contact Westhoughton Sixth Form on 01942 814 122

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 15 January 2018
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