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Biology

Subject Description

At TWSF we provide a two year linear programme culminating in three exams sat in the summer term of the end of your second year.

Course Structure

The course is split into 4 components;

Core Concepts: You will learn about the fundamental principles of biology which will help underpin all of the study across the two years and cover topic such as biological molecules & cells

Energy for Life: You will discover more about photosynthesis & respiration and how these pathways are vital for organisms. This will then branch into microbiology and ecology before a close examination of the impact of humans on the environment.

Continuity of Life: You will gain a better understanding of how cell division & reproduction occur, how characteristics are inherited and the importance of variation. This is concluded by a look into the relatively new field of gene technology, its applications and implications.

Requirements for Life: You will study how plants and animals are adapted to perform vital functions such as gas exchange, mass transport, homeostasis & nervous control.

Practical Work

Biology is fundamentally an experimental subject so at TWSF we provide numerous opportunities to use practical investigations to link into each component and to develop the required practical skills. When you have successfully reached this standard you will achieve an additional qualification called the practical endorsement, which is separate to the main A-Level. This is now an entry requirement for many biology related degrees.

Future Destinations:

By the end of your time at TWSF you will have the competence and confidence to pursue further study and a career in any related career from medicine & pharmacy to ecology, genetics & biochemistry to becoming a research scientist. If you chose to pursue a different career path then you will take your knowledge and transferable skills that you have learnt, such as problem solving, analytical skills, communication skills and independent learning.

Qualification:

A Level

Exam Board:

EDUQAS

Entry Requirements:

Essential: Grade 4 English, Grade 4 Maths and Grade 5 Science.

Desirable: Grade 5 English, Grade 5 Maths and  Grade 6 Science.

Content and Assessment Breakdown:

Unit One

Component 1 – Energy for Life

2h Written exam

33⅓ of qualification 100 marks

A range of short and longer structured compulsory questions.

Assessment of Core Concepts will also be included.

Unit Two

Component 2 – Continuity of Life

2h Written exam

33⅓ of qualification 100 marks

A range of short and longer structured compulsory questions.

Assessment of Core Concepts will also be included.

Unit Three

Component 3 – Requirements for Life

2h Written exam

33⅓ of qualification 100 marks

Section A: 80 marks A range of short and longer structured compulsory questions based on the compulsory content of the component. Assessment of Core Concepts will also be included.

Section B: 20 marks Short and longer structured questions from a choice of 1 out of 3 options: Immunology and Disease; Human Musculoskeletal Anatomy or Neurobiology and Behaviour

Unit Four

Component 4

Practical Endorsement

Non-exam assessment

Assessment of practical competency

Reported separately and not contributing to final A-Level grade

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