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Biology AS/A2 at The Brakenhale Academy

Course description

You will develop essential knowledge and understanding of concepts of Biology, and the skills needed for the use of these in new and changing situations. In addition, you will develop an understanding of scientific methods, be aware of advances in technology, including information technology, relevant to Biology and recognise the value and responsible use of Biology in society, thus sustaining your enjoyment of, and interest in, Biology.
There is a large focus on practical skills which will be utilised in lessons throughout the course.
The A Level specification encourages students to show knowledge and understanding of facts, principles and concepts from different areas of Biology and to make and use connections between them.
What will I study?
Module 1 – Development of practical skills
Module 2 – Foundations in Biology
Module 3 – Exchange and Transport
Module 4 – Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease
Modules 1 to 4 as above, plus:
Module 5 – Communications, Homeostasis and Energy
Module 6 – Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems
How will I be Assessed?
The course follows the OCR syllabus. If you choose to study this qualification to AS Level you will sit 2 written exams which assess any content from modules 1-4.
If you study this qualification to A2 Level you will sit 3 written exams at the end of the second year. Paper 1 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5. Paper 2 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6. Paper 3 assesses content from modules 1-6.
Additionally you will complete a set of practical investigations throughout the course (both AS and A2), which will be teacher assessed and lead to an additional practical skills grade, separate from your overall GCE grade.
Biology is an important subject in its own right with many applications and implications within modern society. This course is a broad-based modular course that is suited to candidates who wish to study a range of subjects at Higher Education. The practical skills will prepare you for a future studying and practicing Sciences and Science-related subjects at a higher level.

Entry requirements

Minimum of a Grade B and Grade C in two GCSE Science subjects (Core, Additional, Further Additional).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Brakenhale Academy directly.

Last updated date: 02 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 years