Regent College

Biology A Level

Regent College
In Leicester

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Important information

Typology A Level
Location Leicester
Duration 2 Years
  • A Level
  • Leicester
  • Duration:
    2 Years
Description

Course outline
Over the two years of the course there are six teaching modules.

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology (years 1&2)
• There are 12 assessment tasks covering the areas of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation
• The individual tasks are integrated into the teaching and are not separate controlled assessments or exams

Module 2 – Foundations in biology (year 1)
• Cell structure; biological molecules; nucleotides and nucleic acids; enzymes; biological membrane; cell division; cell diversity and cellular organisation

Module 3 – Exchange and transport (year 1)
• Exchange surfaces; transport in animals; transport in plants

Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease (year 1)
• Communicable diseases; disease prevention and the immune system; biodiversity; classification and evolution

Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy (year 2)
• Communication and homeostasis; excretion; nervous and hormonal communication; plant and animal responses; photosynthesis and respiration

Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems (year 2)
• Cellular control; patterns of inheritance; manipulating genomes; cloning and biotechnology; ecosystems; populations and sustainability

Important information

Government funding available

Facilities (1)
Where and when
Starts Location
On request
Leicester
Regent Road, LE1 7LW, Leicestershire, England
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Starts On request
Location
Leicester
Regent Road, LE1 7LW, Leicestershire, England
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Frequent Asked Questions

· Requirements

As part of a level 3 programme a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A*- C or 4 – 9 are required, or equivalent, including English Language, Mathematics, EITHER Core Science grade B and Additional Science grade B (not Applied Science); OR GCSE Biology grade B. Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

What you'll learn on the course

Biology
Biology Science
Scientific investigation unit

Teachers and trainers (1)

Regent College
Regent College
Teacher

Course programme

Course outline
Over the two years of the course there are six teaching modules.

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology (years 1&2)

· There are 12 assessment tasks covering the areas of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation

· The individual tasks are integrated into the teaching and are not separate controlled assessments or exams

Module 2 – Foundations in biology (year 1)

· Cell structure; biological molecules; nucleotides and nucleic acids; enzymes; biological membrane; cell division; cell diversity and cellular organisation

Module 3 – Exchange and transport (year 1)

· Exchange surfaces; transport in animals; transport in plants

Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease (year 1)

· Communicable diseases; disease prevention and the immune system; biodiversity; classification and evolution


Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy
(year 2)

· Communication and homeostasis; excretion; nervous and hormonal communication; plant and animal responses; photosynthesis and respiration

Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems (year 2)

· Cellular control; patterns of inheritance; manipulating genomes; cloning and biotechnology; ecosystems; populations and sustainability

Assessment

There will be three written papers in June of the second year: Biological processes (37%); Biological diversity (37%); Unified biology (26%).

As well as assessing your practical skills within the written examinations there will be a non-examined Practical Endorsement in Biology to record your successful skill development.

Teaching styles

A very wide range of teaching styles is used on the course including practical work, use of ICT and group work. Lessons are varied and accommodate all learning styles and differing student abilities.

Subject combinations

Many students will take Biology alongside other science subjects (Chemistry, Physics) but for others it will be their only science subject. It goes particularly well with Health and Social Care and Psychology.


Resources and facilities

At the beginning of 2011 all the science labs were completely refurbished. As well as a full range of science equipment the new labs incorporate ICT facilities including computers and interactive whiteboards. There is also a new computer suite dedicated to science students.

Key features

Good group sizes, excellent additional support, experienced teachers who are available to help students on individual basis are key features that help each student achieve their best.


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