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What you will study: The first year of the course (AS Level) consists of three modules:- Unit 1: Biology and Disease This unit emphasises the way in which scientists work and provides opportunities for students to acquire practical skills. It covers core principles, biology of disease, physiology of digestion and experiment and investigation. Unit 2: Variety of Living Organisms This unit builds on the principles established in Unit 1 and links a range of features from molecules to systems, reflecting the variety of life. The genetic causes of variation are linked with factors affecting the requirements of organisms and modern classification techniques. Unit 3: Investigative and Practical Skills The second year of the course (A2 Level) also consists of three modules:- Unit 4: Populations and the Environment This unit considers the ecological balance between human activity and the environment. It is expected that students will carry out fieldwork and apply elementary statistical analysis to data. Unit 5: Control in Cells and in Organisms Consideration of control mechanisms underpins the content of this unit. Students will have an understanding of how animals and plants respond to changes in their internal and external environment; how regulating gene expression enables a cell to control its own activities and development and that this can be manipulated by scientists for industrial and medical purposes. Unit 6: Investigative and Practical Skills How you will learn: You will be learning through a variety of methods including, lectures, discussion, class activities, individual activities, laboratory practical work and field work. Independent learning skills will be developed making use of up-to-date technology. How you will be assessed: Students will be assessed in their achievement of the three key objectives: Knowledge and Understanding, Application and Analysis and How Science Works. Assessment takes the form of externally-marked exam papers and practical and investigative skills assessments. The emphasis is on applying knowledge and data analysis rather than just learning facts. Synoptic questions will require students to bring together knowledge and understanding from all the modules. Attendance: As a full-time student you will be expected to attend all classes as specified on your timetable and all personal tutorial sessions.

What you will study: The first year of the course (AS Level) consists of three modules:- Unit 1: Biology and Disease This unit emphasises the way in which scientists work and provides opportunities for students to acquire practical skills. It covers core principles, biology of disease, physiology of digestion and experiment and investigation. Unit 2: Variety of Living Organisms This unit builds...

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