A level Biology
The aims of
A level Biology at Leek College is to:-
*develop your interest in and
enthusiasm for Biology enabling further study or even a career in some
aspect of the Biological Sciences.
* enable you to appreciate how
society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences
contributes to society and the economy.
* help you develop and
demonstate a deeper appreciation of the skills. knowledge and
understanding of How Science Works.
*enable you to develop the
essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Biology and
how they relate to each other.
The course preparation period is 5 hours
per week, per year. This is offered as taught time along with time for you
to develop existing and to acquire new laboratory skills and expertise.Course
Content A S Units
Unit 2 F11: Cells, Exchange and Transport.
Module 2: Exchange and Transport.
Unit F212: Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health.
Module 2:Food and Health.
Module 3:Biodiversity and Evolution.
Unit F213: Practical Skills in Biology 1.
Unit F214:Communication, Homeostasis and Energy.
Module 1: Communication and Homeostasis
Module 2: Excretion.
Module 3: Photosynthesis.
Module 4: Respiration.
Unit F215:Control, Genomes and Environment.
Module 1: Cellular Control and Variation.
Module 2: Biotechnology and Gene Technology.
Module 3: ecosystems and Sustainability.
Module 4: Responding tot he Environment.
Unit F216 Practical Skills in Biology 2.
AS and A level Biology is for those students
who wish to continue with a study of Biology at Level 3 in the National
Qualification Framework (NQF). The AS course has been chosen to provide
progression from GCSE Science and GCSE additional science, or from GCSE
Biology: achievement at a minimum of 5 GCSE's grades A*-C including Double
Award Science or Biology.
However, students who have succesfully taken
other level 2 qualifications in Science or Applied Science with
apppropriate Biology contenetmay also have acquired sufficient knowledge
and understanding to begin the AS Biology course. Other students without
fromal qualifications may have acquired sufficient knowledge of Biology to
enable progression onto the course.
The A2 units build on the knowledge
and understanding acquired at AS. Recommended prior learning for the A2
course is successful performance at Advanced Subsidiary Biology.Assessment
Unit F211: Cells, Exchange and Transport: 30%
F212:Molecules, Biodiversity Food and Health.50%
Unit F213: Practical
Skills in Biology. 20%A2
Unit F211: Cells, Exchange and
Unit F212:Molecules, Biodiversity Food and Health. 25%
F213: Practical Skills in Biology. 10%
Homeostasis and Energy. 15%
Unit F215: Control,Genomes and Environment.
Unit F216: Practical skills in Biology 10%Progression
good grade at AS level in Biology is often a requirement of those students
who are following a course of study in an BTEC National (for example,
Health and Social Care), and wish to progress into Higher Education to
read for a degree.
A good grade at A level Biology is a necessary
pre-requisite, prior to progressing onto a more advanced course at a
university. Students from Leek College who have gained a full A level in
Biology have progressed onwards to read for degrees in Medicine,
Osteopathy, Speech Therapy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry,
Dentistry, Zoology, Combined Sciences, Marine Biology, Ecology,
Environmental Sciences, Environmental Biology, Biochemistry, Biological
Sciences, Microbiology and Genetics.Fees
The course is free
to full-time students aged 16-19.