BIOLOGY

 

The recently updated GCE A Level Biology (CEA ‘ReVision’ Specification: 2016) builds on the broad objectives of the N. Ireland curriculum and has been designed to promote coherence and progression within the study of Biology.

A LEVEL SUBJECT CONTENT

Year 13                                                           

AS1: Molecules and Cells                                   

AS2: Organisms and Biodiversity            

AS3: Practical Skills in AS Biology                       

Year 14

A21:     Physiology, Coordination/Control and Ecosystems

A22:     Biochemistry, Genetics and Evolutionary Trends

A22:     Practical Skills in Biology

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT

AS1 and AS2:  

  • 1 hour 30 minutes written examination for each of  AS 1 and AS 2, externally assessed during summer term.

  • Each unit is worth 37.5% of AS (or 15% of A Level)

 AS 3:

  • 1 hour External written assessment assessing practical skills

  • Internal practical assessment  (Teacher marked/CEA moderated)

  • Worth 25% of AS (or 10% of A Level)

A21 and A22

  • 2 hour 15 minutes written examination for each of A2 1 and A2 2, externally assessed during summer term.

  • Each unit is worth 24% of A Level

A2 3

  • 1 hour 15 minutes External written assessment assessing practical skills

  • Internal practical assessment  (Teacher marked/CEA moderated)

  • Worth 12% of A Level

 

KEY FEATURES

  • Provides a firm grounding for those wishing to enter higher education courses in Biology and related subjects.

  • Specification includes Northern Ireland perspectives, particularly with respect to biodiversity strategies.      

  • Develops a wide range of transferable skills such as problem solving.

 

RECOMMENDED SUBJECT/S AND GRADES AT GCSE

Minimum: At least 75% in GCSE Biology or the Biology component of Double Award or Applied Science. A good understanding of GCSE Mathematics and Chemistry will also be required.

 

CAREER POSSIBILITIES

This specification was designed to increase students’ interest in and enthusiasm for Biology. It provides an excellent foundation for the study of:

 

  • Biomedical Sciences and Bioengineering

  • Nursing

  • Environmental Science

  • Optometry

  • Dentistry

  • Physiotherapy

  • Medicine

  • Veterinary

 

OTHER INFORMATION

The A level award provides a basis for further study at tertiary level. For those progressing directly into employment, the award is relevant not only in the fields of science but also to areas of commerce and the public service in which problem –solving and practical skills are valued. The specification also contributes towards an understanding of ethical and cultural issues, thus adding to a full and rounded education.

 

STAFF

  • Mrs Claire Maguire (Head of Department)

  • Mr Brian O’ Reilly

  • Miss Nuala O’Hagan