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Biology A Level at St John Plessington Catholic College

Course description

This subject is offered as an A Level course. If you are interested in how the body functions, genes and genetics, disease, nature and the environment - if you can absorb facts, sort and synthesise a lot of information, as well as explain things fully - if you want to continue to study Biology at university level - then Biology A Level is for you. At SJP, Biology is taught in a linear course that is practical, modern and relevant to society today. We work with individuals to find suitable career paths and work placements, where necessary, to motivate you and support you in gaining a place at the university of your choice.

Course content

AS and First Year of A-Level
1. Biological Molecules.
2. Cells.
3. How organisms exchange substances with their environment.
4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.

Second Year of A-Level
5. Energy Transfers in and between organisms.
6. How organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments.
7. Genetics, populations and ecosystems.
8. The control of gene expression.

Entry requirements

This course would be suited to students who have followed the Core Science and Additional Science or Triple Science Course in Years 10 & 11 and have achieved a Grade C or above in each.

Assessment

AS
Paper 1: Topics 1 - 4, including relevant practical skills and comprehension question Examination paper- 1 hour 30 minutes
50% of the overall AS Level Marks

Paper 2: Topics 1 - 4, including relevant practical skills and extended response questions
Examination paper - 1 hour 30 minutes
50% of the overall AS Level Marks

A2
Paper 1: Topics 1 - 4, including relevant practical skills and extended response questions
Examination - 2 hours 35% of the overall A Level Marks

Paper 2: Topics 5 - 8, including relevant practical skills and comprehension question Examination paper - 2 hours 35% of the overall A Level Marks

Paper 3: Topics 1 - 8, including relevant practical skills, critical analysis of given experimental data and one essay question.
Examination paper - 2 hours 30% of the overall A Level Marks

Future opportunities

Biology is highly regarded and considered a ‘facilitating subject’ for the top universities in the country, regardless of the degree that you wish to study. It provides an excellent grounding for those wishing to progress onto Law and other traditionally ‘humanities’ subjects but also for Medicine and Veterinary Science as well as Business or Management.

Biology is a good choice for students looking to progress into careers as Health, Research and Clinical Professionals in areas including Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Education, Optometry, Nursing, Zoology or Marine Biology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Plessington Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 24 September 2015
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