Through studying Biology, students should become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. Whilst the scientific method may take on a wide variety of forms, it is the emphasis on a practical approach through experimental work that characterises science.
Each topic has an overarching essential idea and a nature of science focus. Content is taught as understandings, applications, skills and utilisation. We explore the natural world and our influence on it, through ecology and conservation as well as an in-depth look into our own bodies through Human and Animal Physiology. The use of scientific language will be emphasised as students progress through the programme. Issues of global importance as well as other ethical implications of scientific advancements are discussed in all topics:
Organisms exchange substances with their environment
Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
Energy transfers in and between organisms
Organisms response to changes in their internal and external environments
Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
The control of gene expression
100% examination. 3 exams, 2 hours each, at the end of the two year course.
Paper 1: Any content from topics 1-4. 91 marks, 35% of total A-level, short and long answer questions; 15 marks for extended response questions. Includes practical skills related questions.
Paper 2: Any content from topics 5-8. 91 marks, 35% of total A-level, short and long answer questions plus 15 marks for a comprehension question.
Paper 3: Any content from topics 1-8. 78 marks, 30% of total A-level, 38 marks structured questions and practical techniques; 15 marks critical analysis of given experimental data. 25 marks one essay from a choice of two titles.
Grade 6 at GCSE Science (Combined or Biology Triple) and
Grade 6 at GCSE Maths (ideally.)