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Biology A Level at Withernsea High School Specialising In Humanities

Course description

An opening to an exciting range of biology careers or work and study in other sciences. The origins of living things and how they work is fundamental to the world we live in. Human Biology is a demanding subject and this course presents this in a way that connects it directly with health and disease. It starts with the concept of a healthy body and explores the mechanisms that enable it to maintain itself. Human Biology is a versatile stepping stone to many fields of work and study. The course will endeavour to show how the biology of human’s and that of the planet interact to further their development.

Course content

Year 12 (Lower Sixth) Lessons

Topics include: The body and its diseases, Humans – their origins and adaptations, Investigative and practical skills.

Year 13 (Upper Sixth) Lessons

Topics include: Bodies and cells in and out of control, The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and Investigative and practical skills.


Assessment in 6th form science, will include a mixture of both formative and summative assessment.

Students will complete at least one formative assessment per topic. Feedback will be given and students will be expected to use this to improve their work. These assessments will cover a wide range of skills but longer essay type questions/plans for experiments etc. will be typical in this type of assessment.

At the end of each topic students will complete one summative assessment. These will take the form of past exam questions and will be marked on a % basis. Grade boundaries will fluctuate to reflect the most recent grade boundaries in national examinations for each subject. However, an example is given below.

47% = E,   54% = D,   59% = C,   66% = B,   73% = A,   80% = A* (A-level only).

The summative assessment grade will be used to report progress for students. At the end of the course external exams will count for 75% of each course with 25% of the grade coming from controlled assessment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Withernsea High School Specialising In Humanities directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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