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Biology A Level at Gordon's School

Course description

The AS course is examined at the end of Year 12 and the A Level as a whole at end of Year 13

Topic 1: Biological Molecules
Topic 2: Cells
Topic 3: Organisms exchange substances with their environment
Topic 4: Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

Topics 1 – 4 taught in Year 12. Also in Year 12 students complete 6 Required Practicals. These will be assessed in the exams.

Topic 5: Energy transfers in and between organisms
Topic 6: Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment
Topic 7: Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
Topic 8: The control of gene expression

Topics 5 – 8 taught in Year 13. Also in Year 13 students complete 6 Required Practicals. These will be assessed in the exam.

Entry requirements

The minimum academic requirements to join the Sixth Form are:

1.     A minimum of three GCSE grades A* to C plus at least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.
AND
2.     The grade criteria for individual subjects as outlined on the last page in this booklet.

Note:
Following the publication of GCSE results in August 2017 students may appeal to governors in the event of academic
requirements not being met. 

Assessment

Paper 1: Topics 1 – 4
90 mins - 75 marks
50%
This paper is made up of: 65 marks short answer questions, and 10 marks comprehension questions.

Paper 2: Topics 1 – 4
90 mins – 75 marks
50%
This paper is made up of: 65 marks short answer questions, and 10 marks extended prose questions.

Exam Papers Y13

Paper 1: Topics 1 – 4
2 hours – 91 marks
35%
This paper is made up of: 76 marks a mixture of short and long answer questions, and 15 marks extended prose questions.

Paper 2: Topics 5 – 8
2 hours – 91 marks
35%
This paper is made up of: 76 marks a mixture of short and long answer questions, and 15 marks extended response questions.

Paper 3: All 8 Topics
2 hours – 78 marks
30%
This paper is made up of: 38 marks structured questions including practical techniques, 15 marks critical analysis of experimental data, and 25 marks one essay from choice of two titles.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gordon's School directly.

Last updated date: 16 May 2017
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