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Biology
 

Science - fieldwork

Biology field course  - Salt marsh

 
 

Diary dates

Year 13 

Click on link for Unit 6 timetable (.pdf format).

Unit 6

 

                      

“There has never been a more exciting time to be a biologist.” 

Health, sport, medicine, conservation, forensics and the food industry are just a few areas that have seen advances through the contributions made by biologists.

The approach to study at A-Level begins with an application that draws on many different areas of biology and then moves on to the underlying biological concepts.  For example, lifestyle factors in relation to cardiovascular disease and forensic techniques in relation to crime scene investigation.

The Edexcel Salters Nuffield  Advanced Biology course is supported by a dedicated interactive website offering a wealth of opportunities for independent learning and research.  There is an emphasis on practical investigations some of which are assessed internally.  For further information from the specification click here.

Qualification at a glance

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Biology A (Salters-Nuffield) consists of three externally examined papers and the Science Practical Endorsement.

Students are expected to carry out the 18 core practical experiments that are identified in the content.

 Paper 1: The Natural Environment and Species Survival

33.33% of the total qualification

Overview of content

This paper will examine the following topics:

Topic 1: Lifestyle, Health and Risk

Topic 2: Genes and Health

Topic 3: Voice of the Genome

Topic 4: Biodiversity and Natural Resources

Topic 5: On the Wild Side

Topic 6: Immunity, Infection and Forensics.

Overview of assessment

Assessment is 2 hours.

The paper consists of 100 marks.

The paper may include multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.

The paper will include questions that target mathematics

The paper will include questions that target the conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods.

Paper 2: Energy, Exercise and Co-ordination

33.33% the total qualification

Overview of content

This paper will examine the following topics:

Topic 1: Lifestyle, Health and Risk

Topic 2: Genes and Health

Topic 3: Voice of the Genome

Topic 4: Biodiversity and Natural Resources

Topic 7: Run for your Life

Topic 8: Grey Matter.

Overview of assessment

Assessment is 2 hours.

The paper consists of 100 marks.

The paper may include multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.

The paper will include questions that target mathematics

The paper will include questions that target the conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods.

 Paper 3: General and Practical Applications in Biology

33.33% of the total qualification

Overview of content

This paper will include questions from topics 1-8.

A scientific article will be pre-released 8 weeks before the examination.

Overview of assessment

Assessment is 2 hours.

The paper consists of 100 marks.

The pre-released scientific article will underpin one section of the paper.

The paper will include synoptic questions that may draw on two or more different topics.

The paper will include questions that target mathematics

The paper will include questions that target the conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods.