Entry criteria (GCSE grades):
Biology 6 (Higher Tier only) and Maths 5 or Science 6/6 and Maths 5
The course explores key biological principles: molecules and cells; physiologies of plants and animals along with genetics and use of gene technology in medicine and forensic science; disease and infectious pathogens in relation to lifestyle and the effect on human health; environment and effects of human impact; energy transfer through ecological systems. Investigative or practical skills are assessed throughout the course. It is worth considering Biology with a complementary subject such as Chemistry, but this is not essential.
How the course is assessed:
Paper 1 - 2 hr - 91 marks - Topics 1-4
Paper 2 - 2 hr - 91 marks - Topics 5-8
Paper 3 - 2 hr - 78 marks - Topics 1-8
All papers contain a mixture of short and long response questions.
All papers also assess practical skills and knowledge. If students meet the required competency of skills and techniques they will also receive a practical endorsement.
Students go on to a wide range of courses from Biology, including Medicine, Environmental Studies, Sports Science, Education and Natural Sciences.
Teacher responsible: Mr J Parks.