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    Biology

    We will be following the new Edexcel B Linear A Level specification. In all science specifications there is no longer a coursework element. Instead there is a focus on practical skills over a range of core practicals. The core practicals will be assessed in the written exam papers and by the teacher as part of a practical endorsement at A Level. This is separate to the A Level grade and will be reported as a pass on the A Level certificate. All specifications will also include questions assessing mathematical skills that will make up 10% of the exam papers.

    Topics

    • Classification and biodiversity
    • Exchange and transport
    • Biological molecules
    • Cells, viruses and reproduction of living things
    • Energy for biological processes
    • Microbiology and pathogens
    • Modern genetics
    • Origins of genetic variation
    • Control systems
    • Ecosystems
    • Experimental methods (including questions on core practicals)

    There will be 3 exams at the end of Year 13. Paper 1 and paper 2 will each cover half of the A Level topics and paper 3 will cover all of the A Level topics and assessment of practical skills. All three papers will include questions assessing maths skills.

     Entry Requirements: As stated in the Admission Policy

    Special Requirements: Grade 6-6 or above in combined science or two grade 6 (including Biology and one other science) if taken as triple science

    Exam Board: Edexcel