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 Biology

Key Stage 5 - Biology

The Edexcel International A’Level Biology has two related components – the AS level Biology qualification and the A2 level Biology qualification. Completion of both components leads to the A’Level Biology qualification.

Each student will study the following areas of Biological Science:

 

AS

·         Structure of cells and their components

·         The role and structure of genetic material

·         Inheritance of characteristics and impact of mutations and gene therapy

·         Replication of genetic information and protein synthesis

·         Cell division

·         Stem cell research and implications

·         Principles of taxonomy

·         Biodiversity and natural selection

·         Function of plant transport systems

·         Practical and investigation skills 

A2

·         Photosynthesis and the movement of energy

·         Evolution by natural selection

·         Biology in forensic investigations

·         Infections and the response of the immune system

·         Aerobic respiration and cycling of energy molecules

·         The function and control of the heart

·         Homeostasis and control of the body systems

·         Function of the nervous system

·         Brain structure

·         Human genome project

·         Practical and investigation skills

 

The aims of the course are to enable students at MIS to :

·         develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, biology including developing an interest in further study and careers in the subject

·         appreciate how society makes decisions about biology-related issues and how biology contributes to the success of the economy and society

·         develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works

·         develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of biology and how they relate to each other.

 

Method of Assessment

 

Students will be assessed on their knowledge of both theory and practical skills at AS Level in three papers as follows:

 

Unit 1 : Lifestyle, Transport, Genes and Health

Weighted at 40% of AS marks and 20% of A’Level marks

Written examination of 1 hour and 30 minutes

 

Unit 2 : Development, Plants and the Environment

Weighted at 40% of AS marks and 20% of A’Level marks

Written examination of 1 hour and 30 minutes

 

Unit 3 : Practical Biology and Research Skills

Weighted at 20% of AS marks and 10% of A’Level marks

Written examination of 1 hour and 30 minutes

 

Students will be assessed on their knowledge of both theory and practical skills at A2 Level in three papers as follows:

 

Unit 4 : The Natural Environment and Species Survival

Weighted at 40% of A2 marks and 20% of A’Level marks

Written examination of 1 hour and 30 minutes

Unit 5 : Energy, Exercise and Coordination

Weighted at 40% of A2 marks and 20% of A’Level marks

Written examination of 1 hour and 45 minutes

 

 

Unit 6 : Practical Biology and Investigative Skills

Weighted at 20% of A2 marks and 10% of A’Level marks

Written examination of 1 hour and 30 minutes

Careers

Students who complete the course successfully will have an excellent grounding in Biology which will prepare them for further study of Biology at University. This course develops thinking skills that are valuable in any career but which will be of particular relevance in a wide variety of careers including, but not limited to:

 

·         Biology research and development

·         Medicine

·         Ophthalmology

·         Dentistry

 

Science Biology AS Level Download 2016

Science Biology A2 Level Download 2016