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Why study Biology?
What will I study?
Consists of 4 units:
Unit 1: Biological molecules
Biological molecules, enzymes, DNA and its replication.
Unit 2: Cells
Studying cells structure, transport across membranes and immunity.
Unit 3: Exchanging substances
The digestive system, lungs and heart structure and transport in plants.
Unit 4: Genetics and variation
Inheritance, protein synthesis, diversity and classification.
Consists of 4 further units:
Unit 5: Energy transfers between organisms
Photosynthesis, respiration, energy transfers and ecosystems.
Unit 6: Organisms responding to the environment
The nervous system, muscle structure, homeostasis and control of heart rate.
Unit 7:Genetics, evolution & populations
Inheritance of genetic diseases, evolution and population studies.
Unit 8: Control of gene expression
Mutations, gene expression, advances in DNA technology, causes and treatments of cancer.
How is the course assessed?
In AS Biology the assessment consists of two written exam papers at the end of year 12. Both papers are worth 50% of the AS qualification and cover the contents of Units 1-4 and relevant practical skills.
In A-level Biology the assessment consists of three written exams at the end of Y13.
- Paper 1 assess content of units 1-4
- Paper 2 assess content of units 5-8
- Paper 3 assess content of units 1-8 and includes a synoptic essay.
All three paper also assess relevant practical skills.
AS and A-level biology courses will be taught in tandem in Year 12.
What grades do I need to study Biology at HSC?