How organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment
Populations and evolution systems and control of gene expression
How will it be delivered?
The course is taught in theory and practical sessions for 4.5 hours per week. Students are expected to complete independent study tasks outside of the lessons on a weekly basis. Various teaching methods are used throughout the course. Practical laboratory sessions are particularly important and the development of investigative skills is fostered. The written examination includes questions on experimental work and handling of data from experiments. All exams are taken at the end of the second year of study.Exam information Paper 1 lasts 2 hours, 35% of the marks. Short and long response written questions with one extended response question. Paper 2 lasts 2 hours, 35% of the marks. Short and long response written questions with one comprehension question. Paper 3 lasts 2 hours, 30% of the marks. Structured questions including practical techniques, critical analysis of experimental data and one essay question.
You will need:
6 or more GCSEs at grade 4 (C) and above (including English)
Grade 6 (B) or above in Science (Biology or double) and Maths