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Biology A Level at St Andrew's Catholic School

Course description

Year 12

3.1 Biological molecules :

  • Monomers and polymers
  • Carbohydrates, lipids and proteins
  • Enzymes
  • DNA and RNA
  • DNA replication
  • ATP
  • Water
  • Inorganic ions.

3.2 Cells :

  • Structure of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells
  • Microscopy
  • Differentiation
  • Cell transport
  • The immune system.

3.3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment :

  • Surface area to volume ratio
  • Gas exchange
  • Digestion and absorption
  • Mass transport.

3.4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms :

  • DNA genes and chromosomes
  • DNA and protein synthesis
  • Genetic diversity
  • Species and taxonomy
  • Biodiversity
  • Investigating biodiversity

Year 13

3.5 Energy transfer in and between organisms :

  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Energy and ecosystems
  • Nutrient cycling

3.6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment :

  • Survival and response
  • Receptors
  • Control of heart rate
  • Synaptic transmission
  • Nerve impulses
  • Skeletal muscle
  • Homeostasis

3.7 Genetics :

  • Inheritance
  • Populations
  • Evolution
  • Populations and ecosystems

3.8 Control of gene expression :

  • DNA
  • Gene expression
  • Genome projects
  • Recombinant DNA technology
  • Genetic fingerprinting

Entry requirements

A*-A in Biology or Additional Science and Maths

Assessment

AS : Two written papers

Paper 1 (Topics 1 – 4). 1 hour 30 minutes, 75 marks, 50% of AS level. 65 marks: short answer questions. 10 marks: comprehension questions.

Paper 2 (Topics 1 – 4). 1 hour 30 minutes, 75 marks, 50% of AS level. 65 marks: short answer questions. 10 marks: comprehension questions.

During all aspects of the course practical work will be completed and a portfolio of work collated.

These experiments will be examined in the terminal exams.

A2 : Three written papers

  • Paper 1 (Topics 1 – 4). 2 hours, 91 marks, 35% of A level. 76 marks: mix of short and long answer questions, 15 marks: extended response.
  • Paper 2 (Topics 5 – 8). 2 hours, 91 marks, 35% of A level. 76 marks: mix of short and long answer questions, 15 marks: extended response
  • Paper 3 (Topic 1 – 8). 2 hours, 78 marks, 30% of A level. 38 marks: structured questions, 15 marks: critical analysis, 25 marks: essay.

During all aspects of the course practical work will be completed and a portfolio of work collated. These experiments will be examined in the terminal exams.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 June 2016
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