Rickmansworth School Sixth Form Prospectus

Examining Body - EDEXCEL LINEAR

BIOLOGY

REQUIREMENTS - GCSE LEVEL Grade 6 in Additional Science Grade 6 in Maths

ADDITIONAL COSTS - Approx

Textbooks

£25 annually £5 annually

SNAB Online Access

Ecology Trip £165 CGP Revision Guides £5 annually

COURSE DESCRIPTION

ASSESSMENT A LEVEL - three exams testing knowledge on The Natural Environment, Species Survival and Energy, Exercise and Co- ordination and General and Practical Applications in Biology. PAPER 1 2 hr exam 100 marks 1/3 of A Level mark PAPER 2 2 hr exam 100 marks 1/3 of A Level mark PAPER 3 2 hr exam 100 marks 1/3 of A Level mark The third paper will include one questionwhich is underpinned by a pre-release scientific article. This paper will include synoptic questions that may draw on two or more different topics. The papers may include multiple-choice, short open, open response, calculations and extended writing questions. The papers will include questions that target mathematics at Level 2 or above. A fourth section is the Science Practical Endorsement. This qualification will give students opportunities to use relevant apparatus and techniques to develop and demonstrate specific practical skills. The assessment outcomes on this section will be reported separately as either “pass” or “fail”. Students will attend a two day residential trip focussing on the environment and ecological relations. They will have the opportunity to develop their investigative skills outside of the classroom.

The aims and objectives of the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 advanced level GCE in Biology A (Salters-Nuffield) are to enable students to develop: • essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other • demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods • competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills • their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject • understanding of how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

PROGRESSION

Many of our students pursue their interest in Biology after leaving school. Recent Biology students have gone on to study Medicine, Physiotherapy, Nursing or Biological Sciences. It is also a useful subject for students wanting to become teachers (as Science is a Core subject in schools) or for Arts students to show they are capable of studying Sciences as well.

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