This course will encourage you to develop your experimental and investigation abilities within a science-based setting. You will develop an understanding of the technological and environmental applications of biology, as well as the economic, ethical and social implications of these.
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This course aims to provide learners with a knowledge and understanding of the key components of GCSE Biology.
You will study the following eight units:
- Cell Biology
- Infection and Response
- Homeostasis and Response
- Inheritance, Variation and Evolution
- Key Ideas.
Average number of hours per week
*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.
Teaching & assessment
The course comprises two hours of classroom based teaching, and two hours of independent study, per week.
You will sit an exam which aims to assess your practical skills, for example using a microscope, investigating microbes, enzymes, osmosis, and photosynthesis – it is expected that this will be conducted during lesson time.
Units 1-4 will be assessed with a 1hr 45 min exam. Likewise, units 5-8 will be assessed with another 1hr 45 min exam.
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Students wishing to purchase their own books may like to consider the following, which have been endorsed by AQA:
- AQA Science A - Lawrie Ryan - Nelson Thornes ISBN 978-1-4085-0822-0
- AQA Science A Revision Guide - Lawrie Ryan - Nelson Thornes ISBN 978-1-4085-08237.
These can be purchased through the College. Students should provide their own pens, paper and files.
You will be invited for an informal interview.
No formal qualifications are essential, however, previous studies in Science would be helpful and a basic mathematical ability will be required.