Requirements Grade B at GCSE in Additional Science OR Biology C in English Language C in Maths on the Higher paper
Our results Summer 2014 100% of students achieved a grade in A2 biology (45 students) 31 % achieved grade A or A* 55% achieved grade A*-B
Work load and help Usually 2 teachers; 1 for 3 hours (this may be split into a 1 hour) and 2 hour lessons and 1 for 2 hours per week We expect you to do approximately 2-3 hours of work per week out of school Internal assessment after every topic Class sites on the MLE with web links, power points and past questions Lots of practicals A text book can be bought at a significantly reduced price of £10 in September Sell revision guides at a discount price Offer drop in sessions for help to all Are available for 1:1 assistance when needed We will contact parents if we have concerns
Specification at a glance Subject content 1.Biological molecules 2.Cells 3.Exchange 4.Genetics 5.Energy transfer 6.Responding to change (Homeostasis) 7.Population genetics 8.Control of gene expression AS : 2 exams units 1-4 on both papers 1 hour 30 mins each paper A-level : 3 exams, 2 hours each paper 1 units 1-4 paper 2 units 5-8 paper 3 units 1-8 including practical skills plus an essay.
Practical Skills A bigger emphasis on practical skills through the course. 12 mandatory practicals, which are teacher assessed. 15% of paper 3 for A-level will draw on the skills gained throughout the course. (at AS it is assessed in paper 2). Students will be awarded a pass or fail for practical skills, a pass will be shown on their final certificate.
Mathematical skills and handling data At least 10% of the marks will require the use of mathematical skills and will be at least the standard of higher tier GCSE maths. Most of these will be in the first year. E.g. ratios, percentages, rearranging equations, rates, geometry.
Specification Unit 1 Biological molecules Content; proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids (DNA, RNA), ATP, water, ions Unit 2 Cells Content; structure of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells and viruses, magnification, transport across membranes, cell recognition immunity Unit 3 Exchange Content; gas exchange in insects, fish, mammals and plants, digestion, mass transport in plants and animals Unit 4 Genetics Content; DNA, chromosomes and genes, protein synthesis, meiosis, genetic diversity, taxonomy
Unit 5 Energy transfers Content; photosynthesis, respiration, nutrient cycles, energy in ecosystems Unit 6 Responding to changes Content; receptors, nerves, synapses, muscles, control of heart rate, blood glucose, kidney Unit 7 Population genetics Content; inheritance, evolution, ecology Unit 8 Control of gene expression Content; mutations, stem cells, epigenetics, cancer, genetic engineering, finger printing.