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A-level

        Biology                                                                               Cardinal Heenan
                                                                                              CatHoliC HigH SCHool
                                                                                              A SportS College


         Why choose A level Biology?                               How is the course assessed?
         A-level  Biology  is  a  stepping  stone  to  future  study  in  many  Science   AS Level
         related  subjects  like  biological  sciences,  Biochemistry,  pharmacy  and   Paper 1
         medicine. The course is delivered to develop the skills that universities   Any content from topics 1-4, including relevant practical skills.
         want to see.                                              1 hour 30 minutes written exam. 50% of AS level.
         A Level Biology can and does inspire students nurturing a passion for   Paper 2
         the subject and laying the groundwork for further study in courses.  Any content from topics 1-4, including relevant practical skills.
                                                                   1 hour 30 minutes written exam. 50% of AS level.              Key Information
         What will I study and learn?                              Reformed A Level                                              Level: AS and A level
         Biology  is  fundamentally  an  experimental  subject.  The  reformed  A                                                Subject leader: Mr Hughes
         level for 2015 will provide numerous opportunities to use practical   Paper 1
         experiences to link theory to reality, and equip students with the   Any content from topics 1– 4, including relevant practical skills  Course leader: Mr Hignett
         essential practical skills they need.                     Assessed - 2 hours written exam - 35% of A-level.
                                                                   Paper 2                                                       Entry Requirements:
         Topics:
                                                                   Any content from topics 5 – 8, including relevant practical skills  GCSE grades A* - C in 5 subjects (to include
         1.  Biological molecules                                  Assessed - 2 hours written exam - 35% of A-level.             English and Mathematics). GCSE grade A in
                                                                                                                                 Additional Science or Biology.
         2.  Cells                                                 Paper 3
                                                                   Any content from topics 1– 8, including relevant practical skills
         3.  Organisms exchange substances with their environment  and a 25 mark essay - Assessed - 2 hours written exam - 30% of A-level.  AS Level Modules:
                                                                                                                                 Paper 1: Any content from topics 1-4,
         4.  Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms                                                  including relevant practical skills. (1 hour 30
                                                                   Student comment:
         5. Energy transfers in and between organisms (A-level only)  “It has always been my long term ambition to study medicine after my   minutes written exam). 50% of AS level.
         6.   Organisms  respond  to  changes  in  their  internal  and  external   A levels. Biological science has always fascinated me and works very   Paper 2: Any content from topics 1-4,
                                                                                                                                 including relevant practical skills. (1 hour 30
           environments (A-level only)                             well alongside my other science, A level Chemistry. Biology has given   minutes written exam). 50% of AS level.
                                                                   me a platform that I can build on when studying medicine. I particularly
         7.  Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A-level only)  enjoy the Physiological and Genetics aspects of the course.”
                                                                                                                                 Reformed A level Modules:
         8.  The control of gene expression (A-level only)
                                                                                                                                 Paper 1: Any content from topics 1-4,
                                                                                                                                 including relevant practical skills. (2 hours
                                                                                                                                 written exam). 35% of A level.
                                                                                                                                 Paper 2: Any content from topics 1-4,
                                                                                                                                 including relevant practical skills. (2 hours
                                                                                                                                 written exam). 35% of A level.
                                                                                                                                 Paper 3: Any content from topics 1 – 8,
                                                                                                                                 including relevant practical skills and a 25
                                                                                                                                 marks essay (2 hours written exam).
                                                                                                                                 30% of A level.



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