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 AS Level Biology study the following topics:

  1. Cell structure
  2. Biological molecules
  3. Enzymes
  4. Cell membranes and transport
  5. The mitotic cell cycle
  6. Nucleic acids and protein synthesis
  7. Transport in plants
  8. Transport in mammals
  9. Gas exchange and smoking
  10. Infectious  disease
  11. Immunity

Candidates for AQA A Level Biology study the AS topics and the following topics:

  1. Energy and respiration
  2. Photosynthesis
  3. Homeostasis
  4. Control and co-ordination
  5. Inherited  change
  6. Selection and evolution
  7. Biodiversity, classification and conservation
  8. Genetic  technology

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 seperate 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.

AS Level

Paper 1: topics 1 to 4, including relevant practical skills, written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 75 marks, 50% of AS

Paper 2: topics 1 to 4, including relevant practical skills, written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 75 marks, 50% of AS

A 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

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.

Seperate 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 seperate 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 seperate 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 examinaton 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 take the decision 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 International GCSE exams, assessments will be carried out continuously throughout lessons, via homework or short tests.

The number of practicals will be relatively restricted owing to the nature of the course (online versus conventional), but we will try to include as many practicals as possible using safe household materials. 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.

Items that would be useful to have would be safety goggles, an apron, and a tray on which to carry out practicals (e.g. large baking tray). Additional materials will be announced a week before required in the lesson along with a permission slip (to be signed by the parents). If a student cannot get access to materials required for practicals or does not wish to carry out a practical, they should not worry as the practical will also be demonstrated by the teacher.

 

The Teacher

My name is Dr. Beyer. I am Head of Sciences at Cambridge Home School. I am a qualified secondary school teacher (PGCE) with a PhD in Chemical Biology. I have worked in academia and in pharmaceutical research as a (bio)chemist and as medical scientist before training as a teacher.

From Dr. Beyer

I have many years of teaching experience in Science (chemistry, biology and physics), maths and English as a foreign language.

I have written educational materials for various companies such as science revision questions, maths assessment papers and physics summaries. I am a member of the Tutors` Association.

dr brown

How to apply

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