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OVERVIEW

If you want to change the way you view how the natural world works, then A Level Biology is for you. By the end of the course, sitting on the grass or going for a run will be a whole new experience as you learn how plants use autotrophic nutrition, how muscles allow you to move, or how your liver regulates homeostasis at a molecular level. Our students tell us that the biology they learn at Liskeard doesn’t just prepare them for exams, it gives them a lifelong interest to pursue.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students following the A Level course are expected to gain the following grades in Science (Biology) plus a Grade 6 or above in Maths GCSE: Separate Sciences: Grade 6 in Biology, Grade 5 in Chemistry and Physics Science Trilogy: Grade 6

FURTHER EDUCATION AND CAREERS

A Level Biology is an inherently interesting course that will stimulate and challenge any scientific mind, it is an excellent qualification; valuable for progression into medical and veterinary science as well as pharmaceutical research and essential for progression into biochemistry, ecology, pure and applied biological sciences, microbiology and environmental biology to name a few.

It also provides a robust example that you are capable of in depth study in a wide range of fascinating areas of biology providing you with a wealth of transferable skills, an A Level biology qualification shows that you are dedicated, determined, creative and able to connect ideas and key concepts.

It is a captivating and fast-paced course packed full with remarkable content that you will take with you whatever your chosen career path. Career paths from ex-students: Vet, microbiologist, cancer research scientist, GP, physiotherapist, ophthalmic optician, occupational therapist, nurse, teacher, environmental consultant and fisheries officer are just a few job titles of some of the students that recently chose to study Biology at Liskeard School.

They all say that at times, it was difficult but they now have fulfilling careers and feel rewarded for their hard work.

COURSE DETAILS

Examination Board: OCR

THE EXAMINATION

This brand new course offers a rigorous and interesting approach to studying Biology. Students will have the option of sitting an AS exam at the end of Year 12; this will consist of paper 1 Breadth in Biology (50%) and paper 2 Depth in Biology (50%).

The papers will cover a range of theory and practical skills including Foundations in Biology, Exchange and Transport, Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease as well as a Development of Practical Skills module. If students decide to continue through to gain an A Level they will study all of the AS modules plus Communication, Homeostasis and Energy along with Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems which will be assessed in three papers.

  • Paper 1 Biological Processes (37%)
  • Paper 2 Biological Diversity (37%)
  • Paper 3 (26%). Both AS and A Level courses will be subject to a pass/fail practical skills endorsement on their certificate which is internally assessed.

RESULTS

A Level 2017: 100% A*-E Grades (50% A*/A). Students going on to study Medicine, Conservation, Biomedical Sciences and Genetics!

A Level 2016: 98% A*-E grades (25% A*/A). More than 70% of Biology students are now enrolled on a Biological Undergraduate Degree

A Level 2015: 100% A*-E grades

A Level 2014: 100% A-E grades

A Level 2013: 98% A*-E grades

FURTHER ADVICE AND INFORMATION

Mrs M Inger and Mr T Inger

 

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Contact

Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

Liskeard School & Community College
Luxstowe
Liskeard
Cornwall
PL14 3EA

How to find us

Tel: +44(0)1579 342344

School Attendance Line (24 hours): +44(0)1579 325730

Fax: +44(0)1579 343350

Email: enquiries@liskeard.cornwall.sch.uk

 

 

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