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Biology at Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College

Course description

Who would suit or enjoy the course?
Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from microorganisms to mammoths. Biologists work in the fields of cell biology, medicine, food production and ecology... and the work they do is vital to us all. If this sounds of interest, choose Biology! What is the structure of the modules and methods of assessment?

AS Biology

Unit 1: BIOL 1 Biology and Disease Examination paper (60 raw marks/100 UMS). 5 - 7 short answer questions plus 2 longer structured question(s). 1 hour 15 minutes 33.33% of the total AS marks 16.67% of the total A Level marks

Unit 2: BIOL 2 The Variety of Living Organisms Examination paper (85 raw marks/140 UMS). 7 - 9 short answer questions plus 2 longer structured questions. 1 hour 45 minutes 46.67% of the total AS marks 23.33% of the total A Level marks

Unit 3: BIOL 3 Investigative and Practical Skills in AS Biology AS Centre Assessed Unit (50 raw marks/60 UMS). Practical Skills Assessment (PSA) 6 raw marks Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA) 44 raw marks 20% of the total AS marks 10% of the total A Level mark

What skills are needed/involved: Students ideally need B grade or higher in GCSE Biology or BB in GCSE Core Science and GCSE Additional Science.

Students need to be committed and capable of working with their own initiative. Students should have a curiosity about the human body and the world around them. Where can this subject lead me to in the future? In the past this course has offered students the opportunity to progress onto university level courses in Medicine, Veterinary Science, Anatomy and Physiology, Ecology, Forensic Science, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biological Science, Biotechnology, Archaeology, Law, Pharmacy, Equine Science and many more!

Entry requirements

Students ideally need B grade or higher in GCSE Biology or BB in GCSE Core Science and GCSE Additional Science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 03 June 2014

Key information

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

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