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Science and Mathematics

A level Biology/Human Biology

QUALIFICATION

AS / A2

EXAMINATION BOARD

WJEC

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Biology provides

a wide breadth of knowledge which

touches on many varied aspects of a

range of topics. These range from the

internal workings of organisms in

physiology and the interdependence

of living things in ecology, to social

issues including human infl uence

on the environment and the ethical

considerations of genetics.

Human Biology

 

 

focuses on topics

related to the functioning of the

human body. There is considerable

overlap with the Biology A level, but

with additional emphasis on human

disease and immunity.

BIOLOGY AND HUMAN BIOLOGY

AS/A2 UNITS

 

The fi rst year is the

AS course and covers:

Unit 1: Basic Biochemistry and cell

organisation (common to Biology /

Human Biology)

Unit 2: Biodiversity and physiology

of Body Systems (Biology or Human

Biology options)

Unit 3: AS Practical assessment

(common to Biology / Human

Biology)

The second year completes the A’

level with:

Unit 4: Metabolism, Microbiology

and Homeostasis (Biology or Human

Biology options)

Unit 5: Environment, Genetics and

Evolution (common to Biology /

Human Biology)

Unit 6: A2 Practical assessment

(common to Biology / Human

Biology)

ASSESSMENT

 

80% Examination and

20% Coursework

ENTRY

 

5 GCSEs at grades A* to C

including English Language and

Maths. GCSE Science at grade B or

above.

PROGRESSION

 

Some biologists work

as researchers and technicians in

universities, hospitals, research

institutes or industry – maybe

taking the opportunity to travel

and work in laboratories all over

the world. Other biologists work

in scientifi c support services and

become forensic scientists, ecological

consultants or biomedical scientists.

Many healthcare professional

courses, like Medicine and Dentistry,

require A-level Biology and Biology

qualifi cations also open the door

to many careers outside science

such as journalism, publishing and

accountancy.

Course Length:

2 Years


Course Levels:

3



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