Biology - A Level
Why choose A level Biology?
A-level Biology is a stepping stone to future study in many Science related subjects like biological sciences, Biochemistry, pharmacy and medicine. The course is delivered to develop the skills that universities want to see.
A Level Biology can and does inspire students nurturing a passion for the subject and laying the groundwork for further study in courses.
What will I study and learn?
Biology is fundamentally an experimental subject. The reformed A level for 2015 will provide numerous opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality, and equip students with the essential practical skills they need.
AS Topics covered:
- Biological molecules
- Organisms exchange substances with their environment
- Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
A2 Will comprise of AS topics plus additional 4:
- Energy transfers in and between organisms (A-level only) Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments (A-level only)
- Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A-level only)
- The control of gene expression (A-level only)
- Level: AS and A level
- Subject leader: Mr Prior
- Course leader: Mr Prior
- Entry Requirements: GCSE grades A* - C in 5 subjects (to include English and Mathematics). GCSE grade A in Additional Science or Biology.
A Level Assessement:
- 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.
Student comment: "It has always been my long term ambition to study medicine after my A levels. Biological science has always fascinated me and works very well alongside my other science, A level Chemistry. Biology has given me a platform that I can build on when studying medicine. I particularly enjoy the Physiological and Genetics aspects of the course."
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