Biology A Level

 

Subject:                 Biology

Level:                      AS and A LEVEL

Exam Board:       WJEC

Location:             Bryn Celynnog

 

Details

The new specification presents essential principles in contexts that students will find interesting. Fundamental Biology is studied through aspects of disease causing organisms and their effects. This course builds upon concepts and skills that have been developed in the GCSE Science course. It presents Biology as exciting, relevant and challenging. The course emphasises the way in which scientists work and the contributions of science to modern society.

AS

Unit title Weighting (%) Assessment
Basic Biochemistry and Cell organisation 20 1 hour 30 minutes written paper
Biodiversity and Physiology of body Systems 20 1 hour 30 minutes written paper

A Level (in addition to the unit above)

Unit title Weighting (%) Assessment
Energy, Homeostasis and the Environment 25 2 hour written paper

 

Variation, Inheritance and Options 25 2 hour written paper

Choice of one option from three – Immunology and Disease, Human Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Neurobiology and Behaviour (20 mark question)

Practical Examination 10 Made of two parts – a hands on practical and a practical analysis paper.

Examination papers are a mixture of short and longer answer responses and an extended response.

 

Career Opportunities

Studying Biology is a good entry route into a variety of careers, ranging from veterinary work, animal husbandry, environmental sciences, biochemistry, therapeutic medicine and medical careers. As a subject, Biology is a well-respected qualification for entry into higher education and the world of work, as it indicates a high level of analytical skills.

Requirements/Skills for entry onto the course

All students should have at least a grade B in GCSE Science. Staff to consult for further information

Ms. F Hockings

 

 

Subject:                       Biology

Level:                          AS and A LEVEL

Exam Board:                 W.J.E.C.

Location:                      Y Pant School

 

Requirements/Skills for entry to the Course

Biology component of Core Science GCSE – B or above

Biology component of Additional Science GCSE – B or above

 

An understanding of chemical and mathematical concepts is essential as is the ability to write extended prose. At least a grade C in English, Mathematics and Chemistry components of Core and Additional Science GCSE is recommended therefore.

Brief outline of the Course

AS (3 Units)

Unit Title Weighting (%) Assessment
Basic Biochemistry and Cell Organisation 20 Written Paper – 1 hour 30 mins
Biodiversity and Physiology of Body Systems 20 Written Paper – 1 hour 30 mins
Practical Assessment including microscope work 10 Carried out in lesson time but marked by the WJEC

A Level (in addition to the units above)

Unit Title Weighting (%) Assessment
Metabolism, Microbiology and Homeostasis 20 Written Paper – 1 hour 45 mins

Small synoptic element

Environment, Genetics and Evolution 20 Written Paper – 1 hour 45 mins

Small synoptic element

Practical Assessment including microscope work 10 Carried out in lesson time but marked by the WJEC

The Biology AS and A Level course aims to:

  • Provide a broad factual base and stimulate an interest in the subject
  • Promote an investigatory approach and understanding of scientific methods
  • Provide a critical appreciation of wider issues arising from the subject.

 

For example

Human Genome Project, gene therapy, genetic engineering, DNA fingerprinting, Greenhouse Effect, agricultural exploitation, pest control, disease and disease control, vaccination programmes, antibiotic overuse, evolution and natural selection, cloning and the effects of drugs.

 

Career Opportunities/Additional Information

Very important for Medicine, Dentistry and allied fields. Careers opportunities exist in many areas such as the Food Industry, Sports Science, Environmental Health and obviously forms a base for many science based degree courses.

Staff to consult for further information – Mrs. E. Mitchell, Mrs. J. Griffiths, Mr. I. Dyson