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Biology A-Level

Key Staff:  Ms. Millard                             P1010137

 

Entry Requirements:

  • 6 for Core Science & 6 for Additional Science OR 6 in Biology plus 6 in  one other Science GCSE
  • 6 in English Language and  Maths

 

Is this a new two year linear A Level Subject?  Yes

The course will be 100% exam based with compulsory practical’s that will need to be carried out, in order to be able to complete all the expected questions.

 

Key Points About The Course

  1. The course is 100% exam based – you will sit 3 Papers in June of your final year. Paper 1 will cover biology molecules; cells; organisms as well as relevant practical skills.  Paper 2 will cover energy transfer in and between organisms; How organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments; genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems; the control of gene expression as well as relevant practical skills.  Paper 3 will cover any of the content from the 2 years.
  2. In year 1 of the course you will study the fundamentals of biology including associated practical skills.
  3. In year 2 of the course you will study more in depth biology including associated practical skills.
  4. Although your practical skills are no longer examined and marked in this course you will be expected to know how all relevant techniques work and are used, therefore practical’s will still be a big part of this course.
  5. Resources we use include a standard text but you will also be expected to supplement this with other research from websites that will be provided at the beginning of the course.
  6. Biology class sizes are usually quite small with 5 to 10 students – this is a good number for group discussion and group work, also allowing you all to support each other.
  7. To study biology you should have a keen interest in science and finding out about the latest research which can lead to discussion in lessons.
  8. To succeed in biology, research and individual study are an important part of the course. You should be prepared to work with others and in some cases lead the class discussions on the materials you have been studying.
  9. You will be expected to come to lessons having read the relevant area in the standard textbook before the lesson. This will allow you to get the most out of lessons and you will probably arrive to the lesson with questions already prepared.
  10. Biology works well with subjects such as Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and Maths. The great thing about this subject is it can help lead you into careers not only in the subject but medicine, engineering, forensic analysis, environmental science and many more.