AS and A Level Biology

Course:

AS and A LEVEL BIOLOGY

Board:

Edexcel

Course code:

AS Level: 8B101,  A2 Level: 9B101

Duration:

2 years (full A level) or 1 year (AS level)

Aims of the course:

  • Develop an interest and enthusiasm for biology with the possibility for further study or career in the subject.
  • Appreciate how society makes decisions about biology-related issues and how biology contributes to the success and the economy of society
  • Develop a deeper appreciation of "How science works"
  • Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of biology and how they relate to each other.

Topics covered:

AS level   Cell biochemistry. DNA and inheritance. Mutations. Social and ethical issues. Plant cell structure, products and uses. Biodiversity and taxonomy. Practical biology and research skills. 

A2 level   Photosynthesis, global warming. Evolution and natural section. DNA profiling.  Bacteria and viruses. Immunology. Respiration. Impact of exercise on the body.  Homeostasis,  hormones, nervous system. Human  genome project. Practical  biology and research skills. 

Assessed:

AS
By examination.  1 module taken in January and 2 modules taken in May/June

A2
By examination.  1 module taken in January and 2 modules taken in May/June

Assessment details:

AS
Paper 1 and 2

1 hour 15 mins each
40% each
written papers

Paper 3
1 hour 30 mins
20%
written alternative to practical

A level
 Paper 4 and 5

1 hour 30 mins each
40% each
written papers

Paper 6
1 hour 30 mins
20%
written alternative to practical

 

Throughout the course emphasis is placed on "How science works" and its implications for society.

Leads to:

Students of biology frequently attend university courses leading to employment in medicine, veterinary sciences, pharmaceuticals, plant/animal/environmental research, forestry, food industry, microbiology, forensic science, agriculture, marine science etc.

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