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A Level GCE Biology at Townsend CofE School

Course description

The full course is made up of six units of which three are studied at AS. The units extend some of the ideas covered at GCSE but also introduce some new concepts. At AS the units cover cells, exchange and transport, molecules, biodiversity, food and health. At A2 the units cover communication, homeostasis, energy, control, genomes and the environment. There is an emphasis on the importance and relevance of Biology in the modern world and reference is also made to spiritual, moral, ethical, social, legislative, economic and cultural issues.

Concepts and ideas are studied through both theoretical and practical work. Two of the AS and two of the A2 units are externally assessed using written examinations. The third unit at AS and A2 are internally assessed and will include the assessment of practical skills which are done throughout the two years of the course.

Independent study is an essential part of AS and A2 Biology. Students must be prepared to read around and research the topics being studied using a variety of resources.
All students are expected to take part in a one week field course at A2 level.

Entry requirements

Six or more GCSE grades at A*-C including English Language.
Average GCSE point score 5.3 or above.
Minimum Grade BB for GCSE Double Award Science or B in Biology studied in Triple Science.
Students with a lower average points score may be allowed to start the course at the discretion of the Head of Department.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Townsend CofE School directly.

Last updated date: 14 August 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years