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Pupils show great commitment to their work, are good listeners and show good levels of scientific skills and creativity.

ISI 2013

Biology

Sixth Form classes are small (average 8 pupils) so there is much more time for individual question/answer sessions and clarification of topic material. Each class has two teachers who will cover different topics.

You will spend about a quarter to a third of your time on practical work. Other class and homework time (approximately, 4 hours per week in Lower Sixth rising to 5 in Upper Sixth) may be spent reinforcing your knowledge and understanding of the topics studied. There will also be opportunities to take the classroom outside on field excursions, including ecological sampling and surveying in nearby woodland and on rocky shores

The course follows OCR’s AS and A’level Biology A specifications which cover both animal and plant topics.

Year 12 Topics:

Cell structure; membranes; cell division; biological molecules; transport systems in animals and plants; disease and immunity; biodiversity; classification and evolution. At the end of the first year of study, there are no public exams but there will be an internally set school exam to evaluate progress.

Year 13 Topics:

Communication and coordination; excretion; the nervous system, hormones, plant and animal responses; photosynthesis, respiration, cellular control, genetics, manipulating genomes; cloning and biotechnology; ecosystems; populations and sustainibility. For the assessment of the final A level grade, there are 3 written papers: Two of 2 hours and 15 minutes duration and a third of 1 hour 30 mins. There is a practical skills endorsement, completed during class time but no formal assessment.

Honduras Expedition:

As part of Operation Wallacea, 23 Plymouth College Students spent two weeks in the Central American country of Honduras. The first week was spent SCUBA diving the coral reefs of the island of Utila; the second week involved base-line forest survey work in the remote north west of the country. It is our intention to launch a similar adventure in the not-too-distant future!

Pupils show great commitment to their work, are good listeners and show good levels of scientific skills and creativity.

ISI 2013

 

Pupils show great commitment to their work, are good listeners and show good levels of scientific skills and creativity.

ISI 2013
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