Students are provided with textbooks and CDs specifically written for the units. These are excellent resources, including questions and problem solving exercises upon which the teaching will be based. Teaching methods will be varied and will include teacher-led, small group work, student presentations, problem solving exercises, discussion, video and ICT inputs. Practical work is included.
To take into account
Students should have at least GCSE grade CC in Core + Additional/21st Century Science or C in Biology. A GCSE grade C in both Maths and English is preferred. Students should also meet the general college entry requirements for advanced level study. Please see the current Prospectus - Advanced Programmes, Entry Requirements.
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GCE Advanced Level AS/A2
Unit 1 : Cells, Exchange and Transport
Unit 2 : Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health
Unit 3 : Practical Skills in Biology 1
Unit 4 : Communications, Homeostasis and Energy
Unit 5 : Control, Genomes and Environment
Unit 6 : Practical Skills in Biology 2
How it is Taught
Students are provided with textbooks and CDs specifically written for the units. These are excellent resources, including questions and problem solving exercises upon which the teaching will be based. Teaching methods will be varied and will include teacher-led, small group work, student presentations, problem solving exercises, discussion, video and ICT inputs.
Practical work is included, where appropriate, to teach skills necessary for the practical exercises that contribute to the practical assessment.
Unit name :Duration :Date
Unit 1 : 1 hour : 1st Year January (30%)
Unit 2 : 1 hour 45 mins : 1st year June (50%)
Unit 3 : Practical Assessment - ongoing during the first year : (20% of AS)
Unit name :Duration :Date
Unit 4 : 1 hour : 2nd Year January (30%)
Unit 5 : 1 hour 45 mins : 2nd Year June (50%)
Unit 6 : Practical Assessment - ongoing during the second year : (20% of A2)
Useful/Common Subject Combinations
Approximately 50% of Biology students are studying Biology for one year at AS to gain variety and breadth in their academic programme.
Biology combines well with Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Geography, Geology, Psychology, PE, Health & Social Care, Computing, ICT, Law, Sociology, Art, Business Studies, History, English and Languages.
Careers and HE Information
The range of possibilities is vast: agriculture, horticulture, plant biology, medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, speech therapy, nursing, biomedical science, pharmacy, pharmacology, forensic science, veterinary science, biological science, marine biology, microbiology, food sciences, biochemistry, biotechnology, ecology, environmental studies and teaching.
Equally, the problem solving and investigative skills gained are useful to enter a non-scientific area such as the legal profession.
Chemistry is often an essential subject at Advanced Level if students wish to continue with Biology to degree level.
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