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15/12/17

News: Pupils will finish at 1:35 on Wednesday 20th December for the Christmas holidays 🎄

14/12/17

It’s our amazing breakfast reading morning tomorrow from 7:30am. Come and read and have a free breakfast on us 📖🍳🥓 https://t.co/NCdjTnYIl1

14/12/17

Retweetd From HPAMA

Another day, another show! Today Y2 are watching perform Bugsy Malone https://t.co/iyzWY6YshB

14/12/17

Enjoy 😊

14/12/17

Retweetd From Kim Jade

Enroute to CERN with our a-level physics students. Far too excited

23/11/17

Just a reminder for tonight 😊

23/11/17

A really informative day so far- brilliant to see 👍🏻 https://t.co/poQy6n5STS

23/11/17

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In with team for for Yr12 https://t.co/lZdES7pIVl

23/11/17

Retweetd From NELFT ScHS Thurrock

Student drop-ins at lunch time today: and both with . If you can't attend you can still speak to us via https://t.co/fvoQpHDJvD

22/11/17

Retweetd From Luis Amador

HACH’s finest... a pretty good teachmeet. https://t.co/TTMcJ6klJX

22/11/17

You are all welcome to our sixth form opening evening tomorrow night, starting at 6pm until 8 👍🏻😁

22/11/17

Retweetd From Miss Hollingbery

What an amazing turnout and presentations https://t.co/GICV2I6j93

21/11/17

Retweetd From HACH Geography

A blustery day at Mersea today - well done year 11 for getting stuck in with some ‘proper geography’ in preparation for the mocks https://t.co/kjeBZe5DJl

21/11/17

We hope you all had a brilliant day at the kids lit quiz 2017- keep reading 😁 https://t.co/Vgs6r7E8TG

21/11/17

Wow what an amazing day at the Kids Lit Quiz today. Fantastic effort to all involved 👌🏻📚👍🏻😁 https://t.co/suZDkKrCwS

20/11/17

Just a reminder we have our sixth form open evening this Thursday evening from 6pm- All welcome 😁

12/11/17

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and Michelle Harrison https://t.co/wsQ01XT1FF

09/11/17

Retweetd From HACH BEC

How about a retweet to raise awareness of our twitter account?

20/10/17

Happy half term everyone 👍🏻 see you all back on Monday 6th November

20/10/17

Retweetd From HACH PE DEPT

Year 7 5-a-side borough champions!!! Mr Bridges https://t.co/Bn0t47Dy1i

Harris Academies
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Biology

Biology

Entry Requirements

An average Attainment 8 score of 5.5 as well as a Grade 5 in English Language or Literature and Grade 6 in Maths. In addition to this a 7 in Biology and 6 in 2 other sciences is required if you have taken Triple Science, or an A Grade in both Core and Additional Science.

Expectations/Resources

There is a huge difference in the amount of time you will need to devote to your A Level studies compared to GCSE. You should spend at least one hour after every lesson consolidating your learning, assessing what you have learnt during that lesson and what you need to review with your teacher next lesson. This is in addition to any independent learning, assessed work and practical tasks that will be set weekly.

You should have your own scientific calculator and a subject revision guide.

Why study Biology at A Level?

In studying Biology at A Level you will begin to appreciate the living world, to sense the wonder of evolution, to catch the excitement of gene technology, to think independently, to challenge widely-held beliefs and to understand the delicate ecological balance that sustains life on Earth. Biology is a subject which is never out of the news – think of genetic engineering, global warming, endangered species, GM foods, organ transplants, cloning; the list is endless and is growing every day.

Biology at A Level provides an excellent basis for higher education courses from Medicine to Marine Biology, Physiotherapy to Psychology as well as providing you with a wide range of useful skills which are transferable to any subject or field of work. Biology can stand alone as a science subject and is also complementary to Geography, Psychology, Sociology and Sports Science in addition to the usual subjects of Chemistry, Physics and Maths.

The Course

The structure of the Biology A Level has changed, with the new reformed course having been introduced in September 2015. The reformed course is designed to better prepare students for the challenges of their university course and future employment. The content of the new A Level builds on the previously taught courses, but have been reviewed and adapted to reflect the constant evolution of our understanding of biological concepts. The structure of the assessment has also changed, although students will still be required to prepare for and sit external exams in the summer of the second year, alongside completing a series of practical tasks.

The website below gives further information on the structure and content of the new A Level Biology course:

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-biology-a-h020-h420-from-2015/

How will you be assessed?

Three external exams.  Paper 1 and Paper 2 are each worth 100 marks and 37% of the final A Level.
Paper 3 is worth 70 marks and is 26% of the final A Level.  You will also need to complete a programme of compulsory practical activities in order to achieve the practical endorsement in Biology.

Exam board: OCR