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
• 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
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”.
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
Chester 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
Mrs H Philliskirk and Mr C Allen