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Biology A and AS BIOLOGY AS and A Level (AQA) Campus: Cheadle and Marple (08/05/09) Course overview AS Level (year one) Unit One Biology and Disease You will study basic principles in the context of the digestive system, gas exchange system and circulatory system. You will study diseases of these systems and the response of the body to infection. Unit Two- The Variety of Living Organisms You will study DNA and how differences in DNA results in genetic diversity. You will study the extensive variety of life and how factors such as size and metabolic rate affect the requirements of organisms. A Level (year two) Unit Four Populations and environment You will study ecosystems and how humans affect ecosystems both directly and indirectly. You will carry also carry out fieldwork locally. Unit Five- Control in cells and in organisms You will study how organisms are able to control the activities of their bodies, and how cells control their activities using the genome. The medical and technological applications of sequencing and manipulation of DNA are covered How you will learn You will be taught by experienced and enthusiastic teachers who lead the class in discussion, practical work, videos and computer work. How you will be assessed There are examinations in January and June. Unit 1 is assessed by a 1.25 hour exam Unit 2 is assessed by a 1.75 hour exam Unit 3 is a practical skills unit worth 20% Unit 4 is assessed by a 1.5 hour exam Unit 5 is assessed by a 2.25 hour exam Unit 6 is a practical skills unit worth10% In addition throughout the course you will be set tasks and homework to check your learning and understanding and there will be regular formal assessments. Special entry requirements At least grades BB in GCSE Science or a B in Biology. Applied Science does not provide a suitable grounding for the study of pure science at A-level Determination to succeed. Biology is a difficult subject, with many concepts and a lot of scientific terminology to master. It is not a subject to take as a fourth AS level, because you think it might be the easy science. An enquiring mind and the discipline to read and think about the subject outside of lessons. The ability to apply your knowledge to new situations. This is one of the main skills needed for success in the exams. What the students say I like the logical approach, and the way it explains things Its harder than I expected, and a big jump from GCSE Its challenging work testing different aspects of my personality; I really enjoy it

Biology A and AS BIOLOGY AS and A Level (AQA) Campus: Cheadle and Marple (08/05/09) Course overview AS Level (year one) Unit One Biology and Disease You will study basic principles in the context of the digestive system, gas exchange system and circulatory system. You will study diseases of these systems and the response of the body to infection. Unit Two- The Variety of Living Organisms You will...

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