Biology A Level
Science and Mathematics
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What will you be working towards?
||GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Studying Biology at a higher level aims to encourage learners to:
• develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
• develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
• develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills
• develop their interest and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
• understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.
This course provides development of practical skills in biology, foundations of biology, exchange and transport in animals and plants. It covers communications, homeostasis and energy along with genetics, evolution and ecosystems.
We encourage all our students to undertake work experience to allow them to make links between what they learn in the classroom and how it can apply to various job roles in the real world. A wide range of opportunities are available and in previous years we have supported students applying and completing Nuffield placements, Medical residential experiences, work experience at Pfizer as well as completing research projects through Operation Wallacea. All of which the students have found to be invaluable experiences.
How will it be delivered?
There will be one examination series available each year in June.
Paper 1 (2hours 15minutes) will assess any content in Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5 and will be worth 100 marks which equates to 37% of the A level qualification.
Paper 2 (2hours 15minutes) will assess any content in Modules 1, 2, 4 and 6 and will be worth 100 marks which equates to 37% of the A level qualification.
Paper 3 (1hour 30minutes) will assess any content in Modules 1 to 6 and will be worth 70 marks which equates to 26% of the A level qualification.
There is a minimum of 12 practical activities carried out throughout the course to demonstrate practical competence. This will be reported separately from the A level grade.
2 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSE grades 9-4 including English Minimum Grade 5, Mathematics Minimum Grade 6, Combined Science 9-9 – 6-6 or Single Sciences 9 -6 in Biology and 9-6 in Chemistry and Physics.
Your next steps...
You could take this course with other advanced level courses, which overlap with Biology such as Chemistry, Applied Science, Physics, Geography, Geology or more general subjects that may not relate to the sciences, to prepare for higher education. With further training, you could go into a job related to Biology or one of the other sciences such as a Doctor, Nurse, Scientist or Marine Biologist. The course will also help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.