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Biology

Faculty:  Science                                                                   

Level: AS/A2

Examination Board /website: EDEXCEL

Assessment Details:

Written Examinations:

AS Level

Paper 1: Lifestyle, Transport, Genes and Health (50% of AS)

• Topic 1: Lifestyle, Health and Risk

• Topic 2: Genes and Health.

Paper 2: Development, Plants and the Environment (50% of AS)

• Topic 3: Voice of the Genome

• Topic 4: Biodiversity and Natural Resources.


A Level

Paper 1: The Natural Environment and Species Survival (33.33% of A level)

● Topic 1: Lifestyle, Health and Risk

● Topic 2: Genes and Health

● Topic 3: Voice of the Genome

● Topic 4: Biodiversity and Natural Resources

● Topic 5: On the Wild Side

● Topic 6: Immunity, Infection and Forensics.

 

Paper 2: Energy, Exercise and Co-ordination (33.33% of A level)

● Topic 1: Lifestyle, Health and Risk

● Topic 2: Genes and Health

● Topic 3: Voice of the Genome

● Topic 4: Biodiversity and Natural Resources

● Topic 7: Run for your Life

● Topic 8: Grey Matter.

 

Paper 3: General and Practical Applications in Biology (33.33% of A level)

● This paper will include questions from topics 1-8.

● A scientific article will be pre-released on our website 8 weeks before the

examination.

Practical Examinations: None

Coursework Unit titles: None

 

GCE Biology aims to:

  • develop an understanding of the link between theory and experiment and foster the development of skills in the design and execution of experiments
  • develop essential knowledge and understanding in biology and the applications of biology, with an appreciation of their significance and the skills needed for the use of these in new and changing situations
  • demonstrate the importance of biology as a human endeavour which interacts with social, philosophical, economic and industrial matters

 

The new A levels in Biology will be linear qualifications. All assessments for A level will take place at the end of the course. The AS level Biology will still exist, as a standalone qualification. This means that results of AS level examinations will not contribute towards an A level. However, learners may still take an AS level in Biology and then go on to the A level. The key changes are summarised below:

  • Questions involving the use of mathematical skills within Biology will contribute to 10% of the assessment.

  • Coursework to be removed in all science subjects.

  • Practical work to be assessed through questions in written examination papers at AS level and A level.

  • A separate assessment of 'practical competency' will assess the ability of learners in practical skills at A level only.

  • The practical competency assessment will be made by teachers and will be reported separately to the A level grade (it will not contribute to the overall A level grade).

  • Students are expected to carry out the 18 core practical experiments that are identified in the content.

     

For further information, please contact: Ms L. Walsh (Head of Biology) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday the 30th. Hendon School, Golders Rise, Hendon, London, NW4 2HP ~ Tel: 020 8202 9004 ~ Fax: 020 8202 3341 ~ E-mail: info@hendonschool.co.uk