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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.

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.

In the Summer term, there will also be opportunity to take the classroom outside on field excursions, including ecological sampling and surveying in the nearby woodland, Warleigh Point, and on rocky shores at Mount Edgcumbe.

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 sustainability.

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 as pupil’s knowledge and understanding of this is tested within the exams.

‘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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