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The course at Fine Arts College covers human biology and the structure, function, growth, evolution, distribution, identification, ecology, conservation and taxonomy of living organisms. It will give students an exciting insight into the world of contemporary biology, and practical skills are integrated throughout the course. For example, students will use microscopes to view their own cells, carry out tests for biochemicals in food, and compare the distribution of plant species in contrasting areas of grassland. This combination of academic challenge and practical focus makes the course varied and thorough. In addition to the core concepts, students will learn about the impact of biological research and how it links to everyday life. Students will also learn to apply their knowledge, investigating and solving problems in a range of contexts.
The Biology course content is divided into six teaching modules and each module is further divided into key topics:
Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology
Module 2 – Foundations in biology
Module 3 – Exchange and transport
Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease
Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy
Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
GCSE or IGCSE Biology are a requirement.
Assessment involves a total of six hours of examinations in three examination papers taken at the end of the two-year course. A wide range of question types includes multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions. There is an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of both theory and practical skills through the examinations:
|Biological Processes (01)||(2 hours 15 mins)||37% of total A Level|
|Biological Diversity (02)||(2 hours 15 mins)||37% of total A Level|
|Unified Biology (03)||(1 hour 30 mins)||26% of total A Level|
|Practical Endorsement in Biology (04) (non-exam assessment).|
The Practical Endorsement requires 12 practical activities to be completed during the 2 years of the A-level. The assessment of practical skills is a compulsory requirement of the course of study for the A level qualification in Biology. It will appear on all students’ certificates as a separately reported result, alongside the overall grade for the qualification.
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