Biology

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
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What will you be working towards?

Code Bio01
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

Why study this subject?

Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, from the molecular level such as the structure and function of DNA, to the study of whole ecosystems. It is fast moving and so constantly in the news. Practical work is also varied ranging from biochemical techniques, to data gathering out in the field. So there is something of interest for everyone and yet the course is varied and challenging at the same time. People who study biology tend to have careers in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, zoology, marine biology or forensic science. Others go on to careers in law, computing, accounting or teaching. So, whatever field you will eventually work in, you will find biology a very rewarding and challenging course which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career.

Details

Module 1: Development of practical skills in biology

• Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation.

Module 2: Foundations in biology

• Cell structure; Biological molecules; Nucleotides and nucleic acids; Enzymes; Biological membranes; Cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation.

Module 3: Exchange and transport

• Exchange surfaces

• Transport in animals

• Transport in plants.

Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease

• Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system

• Biodiversity

• Classification and evolution.

Module 5: Communications, homeostasis and energy

• Communication and homeostasis

• Excretion as an example of homeostatic control

• Neuronal communication

• Hormonal communication

• Plant and animal responses

• Photosynthesis

• Respiration.

Module 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

• Cellular control

• Patterns of inheritance

• Manipulating genomes

• Cloning and biotechnology

• Ecosystems

• Populations and sustainability.


How will it be delivered?

Paper 1: Biological processes

2 hours 15 minutes; 100 marks; 37% of the A Level qualification

Section A – multiple choice questions: 15 marks

Section B – structured questions covering theory and practical skills: 85 marks

Paper 2: Biological diversity

2 hours 15 minutes; 100 marks; 37% of the A Level qualification

Section A – multiple choice questions: 15 marks

Section B - structured questions covering theory and practical skills: 85 marks

Paper 3: Unified biology

1 hour 30 minutes; 70 marks; 26% of the A Level qualification

Non-exam assessment: Practical endorsement for biology: Pass/Fail (reported separately)

Candidates complete a minimum of 12 practical activities to demonstrate practical competence.


Entry requirements

GCSE grade 6 in Biology, or 77 in Combined Science.

Your next steps...

Please apply directly to our School if you are interested in studying this subject.

admissions@srms.kent.sch.uk