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Qualification

A Level

Why study this course?

• If you have an interest in living organisms
• If you enjoy carrying out investigations both in the laboratory and in the field
• If you are keen to learn about ‘new’ biology top- ics such as genetic engineering and the
impact on society
• If you want to continue to study a science subject at University

Potential careers:

• Health care professions including medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, radiography and optometry
• Biomedical science

• Marine Biologist
• Social worker
• Vet and Animal Scientist
• Environmental health officer • Police force
• Forensic scientist
• Lab assistant

Assessment

At the end of their two year course A level students will sit three exams.
Papers 1 and 2 are both worth 33% of the final grade and last 2 hours.

Paper 3 covers content from any area of the A-level course and includes assessment of the understanding of practical principles. This paper is worth 33% of the final grade and lasts 2 hours. In addition, students will be separately judged on their practical skills by internal assessment over a series of eighteen practical activities. This will be reported separately on their certificates as “pass” or “fail”.

Course content

You will study the following:
The course builds upon GCSE study to develop a deeper understanding of basic processes and how our activities are influencing our health and the wider environment.

Topic 1: Lifestyle, health and risk
Topic 2: Genes and health
Topic 3: The voice of the genome
Topic 4 : Biodiversity and Natural resources

During Year 12 there will be a fieldwork trip to Twycross Zoo and a fieldwork trip.

Topic 5: On the Wild Side
Topic 6: Infection Immunity and Forensics Topic 7: Run for your life
Topic 8: Grey matter

Staff contact:

Mrs C Clowes and Mr C Allen