Welcome to Biology
Why choose this course?
The course offers an insight into the fundamentals of Biology, looking at cellular structure, replication and biological molecules which are then built upon over the two year course, applying each concept to a different area of Science. For example, using knowledge about how cells respond to disease to discuss the development of drugs and vaccines. The course covers all aspects of Biology, which is favoured by universities, as it doesn’t solely focus upon animals or plants. The course looks into how all living things act and respond to their environment. The key features of the course are transport in mammals, evolution, respiration, photosynthesis and disease – all of which are based upon the fundamentals of Biology.
Course Content/Main Topics
Module 1 - Development of practical skills in Biology. Practical skills are assessed in the practical endorsement (pass or fail) and in the written examinations
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 and plants
Module 4 - Biodiversity, evolution and disease, disease prevention and the immune system; Biodiversity; Classification and evolution
Module 5 – Excretion, homeostasis, photosynthesis and respiration
Module 6 - Inheritance and ecosystems
Careers and Higher Education
There are many career paths opened by taking Biology at A Level. Courses in medicine, health, ecology, botanic, veterinary, radiotherapy, physiotherapy, marine biology, environmental sciences and many more.
Students will be assessed at the end of the 2 year course over 3 exams covering content from both years (modules 1-6). Biological processes and Biological Diversity both carry 37%, and are worth 100 marks; Unified Biology carries 26% and is worth 70 marks.
Each module has a set of complimentary Student Assessment Groups (PAGs), which are the practical assessments. These require the students to successfully complete practical activities along with a set of questions. These questions could be drawing diagrams, analysing graphs or data, or simply evaluating the experiment they have just completed. The practical assessment is separate from the examination. Upon completing the course, the students will achieve a grade along with a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ for their practical skills.
Grade 6 achieved in Double Science or 6 achieved in Biology.
Grade 6 in English and Maths.
Mrs R Lennon
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