A2 in Biology 9BI01

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A2 in Biology 9BI01

Please note that the last date for exams for this course will be May/June 2016.

Biology is essentially the science of life – the very thing that keeps us alive, and keeps alive all the wonderful creatures with whom we share our planet. Its broadness is also really quite magnificent – encompassing ecology, microbiology, molecular biology, botany, zoology & anatomy. It is not surprising then that Biology is one of the most popular A-Level courses in the UK. Biology is of course essential study for anyone interested in a career in medicine, microbiology, veterinary sciences and many other very popular fields of work. Equally, though, its standing as a strongly academic subject commands great respect from any university admissions tutor and it will no doubt boost your chances of a place at many further education institutions both in the UK and globally.

This A2 course consists of three units:

  • 6BIO4 – The natural environment & species survival
  • 6BIO5 – Energy,  exercise & coordination
  • 6BIO6 – Practical biology & investigative skills

The A2 Units

6BIO4: The Natural Environment & Species Survival

Unit 4 starts by building on the student’s understanding and knowledge of photosynthesis as the creator of all energy in ecosystems and delves deeper into the general functioning of ecosystems. The unit then moves into infection, immunity and forensics – how viruses and bacteria function, their structures and how forensic pathologists can use an array of techniques to determine the identity of a human or animal from their DNA among other things.

  • photosynthesis; energy transfer within ecosystems
  • evidence for global warming
  • evolution through natural selection and speciation
  • nutrient recycling
  • DNA profiling and PCR
  • structure of bacteria and viruses
  • infectious diseases (e.g. AIDS and TB) and immunology.

6BIO5: Energy, Exercise and Coordination

Unit 5 takes the student on a journey through the structure and function of muscles and the means by which the body creates, distributes and uses energy to the greatest efficiency. The student then discovers how plants can detect changes in environment and respond accordingly and the structure and function of the far more complex mammalian brain and nervous system and the mechanisms in place to manage its responses.

  • ATP, glycolysis, anaerobic/aerobic respiration
  • control and functioning of heart; ventilation and cardiac output
  • homeostasis
  • the nervous system
  • impact of exercise on body, and improving performance
  • hormonal coordination
  • brain structure and development
  • imbalances in brain chemicals
  • Human Genome Project.

6BIO6: Practical Biology & Investigative Skills

Unit 6 is a practical study that you have to do from home.  You must design a study around a biological topic that is feasible.  Exercise and heart rate is always popular, plant growth, caffeine studies, in fact anything where you have the resources at home to do. The focus is on demonstrating understanding of the scientific method, rather than the experiment contents themselves. With that in mind, you will need to plan and carry out the investigation and produce a report detailing your plan, risk assessment, methodology, results and analysis. I understand that the content of the experiment can vary considerably and does not require much in terms of specialised equipment. For example, the plant growth example requires seeds/seedlings, soil, pots and a variable like sunlight/nutrients/water.

Suggested reading

While this course is designed so you do not need to invest in textbooks – it may be beneficial to get an alternative point of view by looking at the textbook below: -

EDEXCEL A2 Biology – Ann Fullick - EDEXCEL/Pearson - ISBN: 978-1-4082-0602-7

Assessment

Unit 4 – 6BIO4 The Natural Environment and Species Survival

Examination paper (90 marks). Consist of objective, structured & short answer questions as well as practical-related questions.

1 hour  30 minutes

40% of the total AS marks

20% of the total A-level marks

Available in June only

Unit 5 – 6BIO5 Energy, Exercise and Coordination

Examination paper (90 marks). Consist of objective, structured & short answer questions as well as practical-related questions. One question will relate to a piece of pre-released material that will be made available to students in the months preceding the exam.;

1 hour  30 minutes

40% of the total AS marks

20% of the total A-level marks

Available in June only

Unit 6 – 6BIO6 Practical Biology and Investigative Skills

This unit comprises a practical investigation where you must design a study around a biological topic that is feasible.  Exercise and heart rate is always popular, plant growth, caffeine studies, in fact anything where you have the resources at home to do.

There is also a practical skills element which, as an oxford college student requires you to read and understand a set of specified practical hand-outs.

20% of the total AS marks

10% of the total A-level marks

Available in June only

Extra Reading:

For the A2:

Edexcel Biology for A2 - C J Clegg ISBN: 978-0340967805

Edexcel A2 Biology Students Book - Fullick & Howarth ISBN: 978-1408206027

Revision Guides

CGP A2- Level Biology for Edexcel -Revision Guide ISBN: 978-1847622648

Edexcel A2 Biology Revision Guide - Pearson ISBN: 978-1846905995

PLEASE NOTE THE FINAL EXAM DATE FOR THIS COURSE WILL BE IN MAY/JUNE 2016

What's Included

Online Learning Documentation, Online Resources and Tutor support for 1 year.

Further Information

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

January 2013 will be the last January exam period. All future exams will be held during the May - June exam period only.

In the student 'On Campus' area you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.

After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 3 working days.

Students are required to arrange and pay for their examinations and manage the course work element if the subject requires this. Students must check the relevant examination board website for further information and final examination sitting dates for the specification.

Materials and support provided by Oxford Learning. Oxford Learning

 

Course Fee

£215.00

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