Sixth Form (A Levels)

A Level Biology

Description

The AQA A Level Biology online school syllabus is designed to enable pupils to explain and understand the biological world around them. This highly valued qualification will evidence both students’ understanding of key theoretical principles and practical skills.

The AQA A Level Biology online school syllabus enables students to progress on to study further at university.

Assessment

Teacher assessments are continuous during LIVE TAUGHT lessons, marking of coursework and assignments and summative tests.

Homework

Homework will be given at the end of each week, usually in the form of problems to solve, researching key concepts.

Reporting

Parents have 24 /7 access to all of their children’s coursework. Additionally, the school holds 3 parent consultations per year – one each term.

The course will follow the current AQA specifications.

The course will be based on the textbooks recommended for the AQA A Levels.

Candidates for AQA A Level Biology study the following topics:

1  Biological molecules
2  Cells
3  Organisms exchange substances with their environment
4  Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
5  Energy transfers in and between organisms
6  Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
7  Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
8  The control of gene expression

These topics will be taught in Years 12 and 13 to prepare students for their AQA A Level examinations.

AQA science A Levels do not require a science practical endorsement examination to pass (all grades A*-G are achievable without a practical examination). However, students who wish to study sciences at degree level are advised to check with their intended university whether a science practical endorsement is required. If so, a separate science practical endorsement examination can be taken later, even after students have passed and left their CHS A Level course. Students should check with their local examination centre to see if they offer science practical preparation and examinations.

Examination Papers

Our lessons prepare students for June Series examinations only – at A level, not AS level.

Paper 1: topics 1 to 4, including relevant practical skills, written exam: 2 hours, 91 marks, 35% of A Level

Paper 2: topics 5 to 8, including relevant practical skills, written exam: 2 hours, 91 marks, 35% of A Level

Paper 3: topics 1 to 8, including relevant practical skills, written exam: 2 hours, 78 marks, 30% of A Level.  (This includes a 25-mark synoptic essay.)

It is the parents’ responsibility to arrange their child’s examinations; our teachers will provide all the support required. Most students will sit their examination papers at a school or college who accept private candidates. Some students sit their examinations at private examination centres.

Unlike Cambridge examination board, the AQA examination board has few examination centres outside of the UK, and so it is likely that students will sit their science A Level examinations at a UK examination centre. As CHS students are applying to top UK universities, travel to the UK will be required.

Separate Science Practical Endorsement (Optional)

AQA science A Levels do not require a science practical endorsement to pass (all grades A*-G are achievable without a practical examination). However, students who wish to study sciences at degree level are advised to check with their intended university whether a science practical endorsement is required. If so, a separate science practical endorsement examination can be taken later, even after students have passed and left their CHS A Level course.

Students should check with their local examination centre to see if they offer science practical preparation and examinations. While separate practical endorsement preparation and examination courses (typically 1 week duration) are readily available in the UK, they may not be available internationally. International students do have the option of sitting examinations and the practical endorsement in the UK. Preparation for this additional practical endorsement will be carried out by your appointed examination centre and not by the school.

“The conducting of experiments is potentially dangerous and must be supervised by an adult. Cambridge Home School and its teachers do not demand that pupils conduct experiments. Parents and pupils must make the decision on whether to conduct experiments / dangerous activities and must therefore accept responsibility for any outcomes. Cambridge Home School does not accept responsibility for experiments or any other dangerous activity conducted at the homes of its pupils or in any other place.”

General points

Assessment, apart from the final A level exams, will be carried out continuously throughout lessons, via homework or short tests.

Practicals will not be possible due to the online nature of teaching, but students are welcome to carry out safe practicals at home. Students are also encouraged to watch videos of practicals online, for example using YouTube. Students will also be encouraged to think scientifically in an everyday context, making them aware of the science around them and how it can help in solving problems.

 

The Teacher

Mrs. Perkins

I am Head of Biology at Cambridge Home School. I have a first class BSc in Biology and a Masters degree in Primate Conservation from Oxford University.  I am also a qualified secondary school teacher with a PGCE.

Before becoming a teacher, I worked in a lot of animal environments such as a dairy farm and a Big Cat zoo. I also volunteered to go to a rainforest in Honduras, Central America to study the behaviour of black Howler monkeys.

I am passionate about Biology and love to share this with my students. There really is no better feeling than the satisfaction of watching young minds grow!

Mrs. Perkins Cambridge Home School

How to apply

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