Biology AS Level at Queens Park Community School
AS Biology will be offered as a standalone qualification available at the end of year 12; you will be expected to achieve at least a grade D to progress to year 13. The A level will be made up of three papers taking a total of 6 hours which will test your learning over the whole two years. The exam board specification followed is Edexcel.
A level Biology covers the following topics:
Transport in animals
Transport in plants
Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system
Classification and evolution
Communication and homeostasis
Excretion as an example of homeostatic control
Plant and animal responses
Patterns of inheritance
Cloning and biotechnology
Populations and sustainability
At least grade 6 in Combined Science or in Chemistry and Biology if you have taken triple science. At least grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics GCSEs. As well as having a scientific and inquiring mind, you should be interested in some of the social and ethical issues associated with new advances in biological science and prepared to do a significant amount of wider reading as well as homework assignments.
A series of practical activities, the ‘practical endorsement’, is teacher assessed throughout the two years. It does not contribute to the final grade but the outcome does appear on your results certificate and may form part of a university offer. Practical skills are also tested within question papers.
10% of the assessment will now test mathematical skills. This will include calculations of magnification, statistical tests, percentage calculations, dilutions, measures of diversity, converting between units, and other mathematical skills in the context of biology.
There will be 3 exams at the end of the A level and these will total 6 hours of assessment. There will be one‘ synoptic ’ paper covering key ideas from the 2 year course. Each paper will assess mathematical skills and will include a variety of question styles including some multiple choice questions and some essay style extended responses.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queens Park Community School directly.
Last updated date: 16 April 2018