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Biology GCE A Level

Greenhead College

Greenhead Road, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 4ES

GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Level 3
Science and Mathematics

Course Summary

The department teaches the AQA specification in A Level Biology.

The courses have some compulsory practical work, including the requirement to carry out tissue dissection and to participate in fieldwork.

We have found that students not doing A Level Mathematics generally get a lower than expected Biology grade. It is for this reason that we strongly advise students not taking A Level Mathematics to take the one year Core Maths course to help them with their mathematical skills.

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Course Details

Year One:

Topics covered include biological molecules, cells, immunity, transport, digestion, genes and variation and gas exchange.

Year Two:

The second year of the A Level covers respiration and photosynthesis, ecology, nervous systems, muscle, homeostasis, genetics and evolution and gene technology.

How will it be delivered?

There is a minimum of 12 set practicals as part of the coursework endorsement.

The A Level qualification is assessed by three 120 minute papers:

Paper 1: Topics 1-4, including relevant practical skills (35%)
Paper 2: Topics 5-8 , including relevant practical skills (35%)
Paper 3: Any content from topics 1-8, including relevant practical skills (30%)

Entry requirements

The College gives priority to its 11 partner schools. Places are offered to other applicants on a competitive basis.

All prospective students will be required to achieve a minimum of grade 4 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics, and a minimum of grade 6 in three GCSE subjects.

To study Biology, a student must achieve grades 66 in GCSE Science AND grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics OR grade 6 in GCSE Biology, grade 5 in GCSE Chemistry AND grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics.

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