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Human Biology AS/ A Level at Suffolk One

Course description

Human Biology offers you that chance to extend and deepen your knowledge of those aspects of Biology that relate particularly to humans and health care. In addition, you will develop scientific methods and skills - designing experiments to test hypotheses, implementing experimental methods, data analysis and critical evaluation of experimental results.

Course content

AS Level

You will look at real life situations such as giving blood transfusions; first aid for blood loss and to restart breathing; treatments for patients with diabetes, blood cots, heart disease and cancer, stem cell research; prevention and treatment of communicable diseases; the development of humans from conception to infancy. You will investigate the biology behind these topics learning about areas such as cell structure and biochemistry and the structure and function of the circulatory system and gaseous exchange systems.

A2 Level

The situation covered will include achieving peak performance in athletes and the long-term effects of exercise on the body; tests used by optometrists; treatment of brain and spinal injuries; use of drugs to treat disease; contraceptives; fertility treatment; the impact of humans on their environment; genetic disease, diagnosis and treatment; hypothermia; kidney disease; ageing.

Study of these situations will allow you to learn about areas such as genetics, the nervous system, temperature control, kidney structure and function.

You cannot combine this course with AS/A2 Biology. Universities, including medical schools and Oxbridge value Human Biology and Human Biology equally.


Teaching Units

Assessment Method and Weighting

F221: Molecules, Blood and Gas Exchange

1 hour exam in January or June

AS - 30% - A Level - 15%

F222: Growth, Development and Disease

1 hour 45 minutes exam in June

AS - 50% - A Level - 25%

F223: Practical Skills in Human Biology

Internal assessment

AS - 20% - A Level - 10%


Teaching Units

Assessment Method and Weighting

F224: Energy, Reproduction and Populations

1 hour exam in January

A Level - 15%

F225: Genetics, Control and Ageing

1 hour 45 minutes exam in June

A Level - 25%

F226: Extended Investigation in Human Biology

Internal assessment

A Level - 10%

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B in Science and a grade C in Maths.

Future opportunities

Students can progress to university to study medical-based courses, progressing into careers as doctors, vets, dentists etc. A large number of students move into science-based careers such as genetics, biochemistry, biotechnology and laboratory work. Some students progress into non-biological courses and careers (law, business studies, teaching), but find the key skills developed in their studies are directly transferable. Throughout the course, you are introduced to ideas underpinning the study of human biology and their application to a variety of contexts, both everyday and more specialized. The understanding of how science works in human biology is deepened.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Suffolk One directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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