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AS/A Level

Biology

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Biology is an extremely interesting subject at Advanced level. Many of the topics are very relevant to everyday life. While learning the main principles and concepts of Biology, you will also be developing many important and transferable skills.

The A level course provides a good foundation for further study of Biology or related subjects - including Medicine, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Environmental Conservation, Genetics, Microbiology, Biochemistry - in higher education.

The transferable skills developed are valuable in various higher education courses and/or employment in many fields. What is the structure of the course? There are two units in the first (AS) year of the course and three units in the second (A2) year. Not all students choose to continue to the second year of the course as the AS (Advanced Subsidiary) course is itself a recognised qualification.

AS Unit 1
Basic Biochemistry and Cell Organisation

This unit is assessed by a 1 hour 30 minutes written examination comprising a range of short and longer structured questions, some in a practical context and one essay.

Main topics include:

Biological compounds

Cell structure and organisation

Cell membranes and transport

Biological reactions are regulated by enzymes

Nucleic acids and their function

Genetic information is copied and passed on to daughter cells

AS Unit 2
Biodiversity and Physiology of
Body Systems

This unit is assessed in the same way as unit 1.
Main topics include:

All organisms are linked through theirevolutionary history

Adaptations for gas exchange

Adaptions for transport

Adaptations for nutrition.

A2 Unit 3
Energy, Homeostasis and
the Environment

This unit is assessed by a 2 hour written examination comprising a range of short and longer structured questions, some in a practical context and one essay.
Main topics include:

Importance of ATP

Photosynthesis uses light energy to synthesise organic molecules

Respiration releases chemical energy in biological processes

Microbiology

Population size and ecosystems

Human impact on the environment

Homeostasis and the kidney

The nervous system.

A2 Unit 4
Variation, Inheritance and Options

This unit is assessed in the same way as Unit 3.
Main topics include:

Sexual reproduction in humans

Sexual reproduction in plants

Inheritance

Variation and evolution

Applications of reproduction and genetics.

A2 Unit 5
Practical Examination

This unit comprises two tasks.

Experimental task: 2 hours

Practical analysis task: 1 hour written paper

Entry Requirements

Minimum of six GCSEs at Grade C or above including English

Grade B or above in Maths (higher tier) is essential

Grade B or above in Additional Science and Core Science (Higher Tier) or separate sciences is essential.

Entry Requirements may differ for Brecon Beacons campus please call 01639 648000

Career Prospects

This course provides a good foundation for further study of Biomental Conservation + Genetics + Microbiology + Biochemistry.
 

Study Mode

Full-time

Campus

Neath

Course Length

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Course Time

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Exam Board

WJEC

Additional Notes

Course Code QSP1001/QSP1002

Contact Details

Diana Wassell 01639 648453 diana.wassell@nptcgroup.ac.uk