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Biology A2 GCE A Level at Weatherhead High School

Course description

Are you interested in How the Body works? The Environment?

The Nature of Disease? Do you want an AS or A2 that is highly regarded by Universities and employers?

Then Biology is for YOU!

Biology at Advanced Level aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of all life processes and provide you with a framework for further study on a number of undergraduate courses at university and future employment. Underpinning Advanced Level Biology is the consideration of 'How Science Works' which illustrates the relevance of Biology in Society.

Biology is taught as a series of topics at AS and A2 level. Regular assessment of these topics gives you clear feedback on how you are progressing, identifying the subject areas in which you are performing well, and any areas that may need to be improved before the terminal examination. The content of the course is divided into six units over AS and A2.

Course content

Biology is taught as a series of topics at AS and A2 level. Regular assessment of these topics gives you clear feedback on how you are progressing, identifying the subject areas in which you are performing well, and any areas that may need to be improved before the terminal examination. The content of the course is divided into six units over AS and A2.

Entry requirements

Biology is a challenging and demanding course, requiring a high level of commitment. You will need at least a Higher Tier grade B in Biology and a BB in Science. You will also need at least a grade C in Mathematics at GCSE to take Biology at AS/A2 Level. A grade B in Chemistry is recommended to study this course.

Assessment

A2

Unit 4 Populations and the Environment

This unit considers the environment as well as the biochemistry of photosynthesis and respiration; some aspects of genetics are also visited. Assessment: short answer questions and continuous prose (16% A2).

Unit 5 Control in Cells and in Organisms

This unit examines the idea of homeostasis, the nervous system and extends ideas on DNA. Assessment: short answer questions, data handling and a synoptic essay (23% A2).

Unit 6 Investigative and Practical Skills

Practical Examination (10% A2).

Further information

Biology at Advanced Level builds on concepts that have been developed at GCSE. In the future it will allow you to explore a wide range of fields including the obvious, Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science to the not so obvious, Forensic Scientist, Editor in Cheif, Science Correspondent. You will taught by dedicated and knowledgeable staff who will work with you to help you to achieve your full potential in this subject. Practical skills are integral to all units and are assessed as part of units 3 and 6.

Biology is a challenging and demanding course, requiring a high level of commitment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Weatherhead High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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