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Biology AS/A2 Level at The Bishops' Blue Coat CofE High School

Course description

Biology develops essential knowledge of the concepts of life together with an understanding of scientific methods. It also increases the awareness of advances in technology which can be used in society.

Course content

AS includes the core principles of biology, covering the underlying concepts of cell structure and enzyme activity and also examining disease and immunity. Later topics cover variation in living things, genetics and inheritance and a study of some of the fundamental physiological processes of animals and plants.

A2 includes a study of the environment and the factors affecting it, along with information on how organisms are controlled and how continuity is ensured. In both AS and A2 there is an emphasis on practical work.

Entry requirements

Students considering taking Biology must have at least a grade B in both GCSE Core Science and Additional Science including a B grade in the Biology components. A minimum of grade C in GCSE Maths and English is also essential.

Assessment

AS level Year 12: 2 x written papers; both in June. Students' investigative and practical skills will be assessed throughout the year by their class teacher.

A2 level Year 13: 2 x written papers; both in June. Students' investigative and practical skills will again be assessed throughout the year by their class teacher.

Future opportunities

Biology enables students to develop their analytical skills and to make balanced decisions. It leads to a variety of career opportunities including environmental and conservation work. It is valuable in the study of medicine and medically related careers, such as nursing. There are new developments in the fields of biochemistry and genetic engineering which provide interesting career opportunities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bishops' Blue Coat CofE High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

Key information

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

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