Huish Sixth

Biology

Huish Sixth

 

Course content and assessment
Both the AS and A2 are made up of two written examinations, each worth 40% and a piece of course work worth 20%. The students are also observed carrying out practical work throughout the course and a verification of practical skills record is kept.

AS

  • Unit 1: Covers the topics lifestyle, transport, genes and health.
  • Unit 2: Explores cell structure, stem cell research, development, plants and the environment.
  • Unit 3: Students write a report of between 1500-2000 words, having researched a biological issue. Thye look at what biologists do and the application and implications of the biology encountered.

A2

  • Unit 4: Looks at the natural environment, species survival, immunity and forensics.
  • Unit 5: covers the topics of energy, exercise, the brain and coordination. For the coursework.
  • Unit 6: students will complete a written report (2700-3000 words) of an experimental investigation which they have devised and carried out.

Entry requirements
You will require a GCSE pass in Biology or Science at grade B or above, although in exceptional circumstances we will consider other candidates.

Where will this course take me?
Biology is an academically rigorous subject that is a suitable qualification for any university course. Biology, in combination with other A levels can lead to university courses in Natural Sciences, the Biomedical Sciences (Medicine, Nursing, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Physiology), Genetics, Psychology, Biology and various specialisms such as Microbiology, Environmental Sciences, Forensic Science and Marine Biology.

Extending your experience
Every year you will have the opportunity to participate in field trips that allow you to experience the biology discussed in class, outside of the classroom. These trips include visits to the zoo, field study centres and universities.

Entry Requirements:
You will require a GCSE pass in Biology or Science at
grade B or above, although in exceptional
circumstances we will consider other candidates.

Where will this Course take me?
Biology is an academically rigorous subject that is a suitable
qualification for any university course. Biology, in
combination with other A levels, can lead to university
courses in Natural Sciences, the Biomedical Sciences
(Medicine, Nursing, Veterinary Science, Dentistry,
Anatomy, Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Physiology),
Genetics, Psychology, Biology and various specialisms
such as Microbiology, Environmental
Sciences, Forensic Science and Marine Biology.

Mrs N Hill & Mrs A M Rogers

An exciting and innovative new approach to Biology, Salters Nuffield Advanced Biology known as 'SNAB,' is taught through real-life biology. For example, most A-level biology courses start with cell biology or biochemistry. We don't. We start with an account of Mark, a 15-year-old who had a stroke, and Peter, an adult who had a heart attack. We then go on from the details of their cases to look at the factors that make it more likely that any of us will suffer from a stroke or heart attack. This allows you to meet the biochemistry of fats and carbohydrates bit by bit, as you need to know them, to understand about strokes and heart diseases, rather than all at once.


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