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A Level (AS and A2) - AQA
Biologists work in the fields of medicine, food production, veterinary science and ecology, to name just a few, and the work they do is vital to us all. Their knowledge helps with big issues - from protecting endangered species to curing disease. The first year covers the basics of biology, including the diversity of living organisms. You will also study how some body systems work and how they might be affected by diseases such as asthma, TB, and cholera.
The AS may be awarded as a discrete qualification providing points for entry to higher education. Successful students may progress to the one year A2 programme. All A2 programmes run subject to numbers. This subject is useful for students wishing to pursue a wide range of careers including health professions, environmental world and biotechnology.
The AQA syllabus is followed, an exciting new specification from 2008. It aims to develop an enthusiasm for biology, practical skills and an understanding of concepts and principles.
The course has three units:
Unit 1 (Biology and disease) will cover:
Unit 2 (The variety of living organisms) will cover:
Unit 3 will cover:
Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English, maths and a grade BB in science.
Please note; you will mostly need a mixture of grades B and C at GCSE in order to study A Levels.
Unit 1 is assessed by a written exam (1 hour 15 minutes) which accounts for 33% of the total AS marks.
Unit 2 is assessed by a written exam (1 hour 45 minutes) which accounts for 47% of the total AS marks.
Unit 3 consists of a practical skills assignment (PSA) and an investigative skills assignment (ISA), which are externally assessed. This accounts for 20% of the total AS marks.
Certain "part-time" courses may become "full-time" (if additional courses are taken), and "full-time" courses may become "part-time" to suit your requirements.
Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2014/15 (August 2014 - July 2015). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2015/16.
If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course (Please note: this does not apply to foundation degrees or access to higher education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding).
In order to support you in your future career, all 16-18 year old students in both schools and colleges who do not have an A*-C grade in their English or maths GCSE will study towards a GCSE as part of their main study programme. If you achieve grade E or below you will study towards a Functional Skills English and/or maths qualification.
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