Biology

 

The aim of our course is for students to build on their interest and enthusiasm for Biology, which can lead to further study at university and a wide range of careers.

Students learn by research, group work and practical activities, alongside traditional classroom methods. Students are encouraged to read widely and to subscribe to the 'Biological Sciences Review' Magazine, written specifically for 6th form students. The department offers a number of optional trips throughout the two years.

The OCR specification is a challenging one. It is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts in Biology. Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and assessed within the final exams as well as part of a separate 'practical endorsement'.

The Biology A-Level is split into six modules:

Module 1: Development of practical skills

Module 2: Foundations in Biology

Module 3: Exchange and transport

Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease

Module 5: Communication, homeostasis and energy

Module 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

Assessment of all modules is by three exams, sat at the end of year 13.

Whilst we will accept students with a minimum grade 7 in either GCSE Double Science or GCSE Biology, and at least a 7 in GCSE Chemistry, (if applicable) a grade 8 at GCSE is the best preparation for A Level.

 

If you have any questions please contact Head of Department ceri.smee@patesgs.org

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