The course is studied by a range of pupils who have an interest in Science especially Biology.

Tonypandy Community School Prospectus Photography-137Pupils who follow the course will have a range of interests from physiotherapy and medicine, nursing and midwifery or simply because they enjoyed the subject at GCSE.

This is a fascinating course that it is delivered in such a fashion to allow pupils to develop many key skill areas; e.g. literacy skills, numeracy skills, IT skills, presentation skills and team working to name but a few.

Furthermore, it is important to the A level Biology team that the course should include practical activities and dissections which provide pupils with a hands on approach to their learning.

The course itself consists of three models in both AS and A level. Each module is taught and examined before moving onto the next ensuring you have the best chance of achieving top grades.

Course work is taught during lesson time and assessed by your teachers providing you with maximum support.

AS topic include:
• Disease
• The digestive system
• Proteins and enzymes
• Microscopy
• Heart and heart disease
• The immune system
• Genetics and inheritance

A level topics include:
• Population
• Biochemistry
• Genetic variation
• Nervous system
• Genetics and medicine

Assessment:

Unit 1: Biology and disease Unit 2: The variety of living organisms Unit 3: Practical Biology and investigative Skills
One exam:
1 hour 15 minutes
33% of AS Level One exam:
1 hour 15 minutes
46% of AS Level 20% of AS Level
January or June entry January or June entry Internally assessed

Unit 4: Populations and environment Unit 5: Control in cells and in organisms Unit 6: Practical Biology and investigative Skills
One exam:
1 hour 30 minutes
16% of A Level One exam:
2 hour 15 minutes
23% of A Level 10% of A Level
January or June entry January or June entry Internally assessed

Useful websites:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/qual/gce/biology_new.php
http://www.s-cool.co.uk/alevel/biology.html
www.kerboodle.com

Biology is a great choice for anyone who wants a career in the healthcare profession, such as medicine, nursing and dentistry as well as microbiology and genetics, or even forensic science.

It will also equip you for a career in industry or research, for example in pharmaceutical industries such as GlaxoSmithKine and Astrozeneca, or academic research for institutes such as The British Heart Foundation and Tenovous.