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BIOLOGY What does the course involve? Biology is a stimulating course. You will develop a sound working knowledge of all the major themes in biology: cell biology and biochemistry, genetics, physiology, ecology and the impact of humans on the environment. Further, you will develop important skills such as problem solving, research and independent learning The Biology course followed is the new AQA GCE Biology course, with units as follows: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Biological molecules Cells Organisms exchange substances with their environment Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms Energy transfers in and between organisms (A Level only) Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments (A Level Only) Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A Level only) The control of gene expression (A Level only) What qualifications do I need? This course is suitable for students who have achieved a grade ’C’ or above in Y10 ‘Core’ and Y11 ‘Additional’ GCSE Science’ or equivalent. GCSEs in English and Mathematics at grade ‘C’ or above would be an advantage. Equipment Students will be supplied with a copy of the relevant core text books to support their studies and can supplement this further from the supplied list of recommended reading. Assessment Assessment for those who just wish to do AS is by two written papers covering each covering all 4 units including relevant practical skills. Those wishing to get an A Level in Biology will be assessed through three written papers. Paper 1 assesses the first four units, paper two, the next four units and paper three assesses all eight units and each paper assesses practical skills in addition. General Comments If you choose to study biology, it’s because you wish to sustain enjoyment and interest in the study of living organisms. Presentation of topics in lessons is aimed at understanding ideas and processes and developing practical skills. Ultimately, learning facts is very important and pupils are expected to carry out a proportion of their work in their own time by reading resources other than their core text books and formulate their own notes if you wish to attain your full potential. Careful guidance is given by staff and use of the extensive ɕ͕