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03/03/21

Academy Reopening: March 2021 update. https://t.co/uoZWHIrw7F

23/02/21

Mental Health Matters. We’ve produced a series of videos for our students to provide some tips on staying mentally healthy. https://t.co/msSWzGeZgR

11/02/21

An article about our cooking and baking challenge https://t.co/jlnZAlAOu7

04/02/21

Writing your feelings down can be an effective method of processing complex emotions. Poem, lyric and story writing can help encourage stress release and improve mental health

03/02/21

Physical activity is crucial in maintaining good mental health. Why not look at what are doing to promote well-being through exercise?

02/02/21

Retweetd From MFL Harris Chafford

Chloe has set a very high standard for cake week. Check out her Mt Vesuvius that took 2 days to make. It includes chocolate sponge cake, butter, chocolate and glacé icing, plus flames created out of coloured melted lollypops https://t.co/yiZfMuZwFf

02/02/21

Engaging in dramatic arts is a fantastic way to relieve stress and to communicate complex thoughts and emotions. Why not ask about the benefits of Drama?

02/02/21

One way young people can express themselves is through artwork. Drawing, painting or creating can be a great way of processing complex emotions without words.

01/02/21

This has the theme “Express Yourself”. Throughout the week we’ll be sharing different ways that students can share feelings, thoughts and ideas. Here is a video from The Duchess of Cambridge to kick start the week. https://t.co/20lyenw56g

01/02/21

Get involved with the challenge! https://t.co/E35ezzFrxM

22/01/21

Retweetd From HACH PE DEPT

HACH Netball Academy https://t.co/Z6KR9OsyNQ

21/01/21

Our MFL students have been exploring different cultures through a cooking challenge! Why not take a look at the contributions via ? https://t.co/QbJQf71UTN

21/01/21

Remote Learning Information https://t.co/qISDifnUeT

15/12/20

The show must go on! We are proud to present our Winter Show 2020 via https://t.co/MRcWkv2GOR

30/11/20

Today we’ve launched our Wellbeing First Aid service. More opportunities for students to express themselves can only be a good thing.

20/11/20

For any queries relating to admissions, please get in contact via admissions.org.uk for the right support.

19/11/20

Our Virtual Sixth Form open evening is now live on our website.

19/11/20

Our Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening will go live from 6pm!

05/11/20

We are pleased to announce that our Sixth Form’s virtual open evening and application process will be live from the 19th November

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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 separate sciences is required if you have taken Triple Science, or Grade 7s in Trilogy Combined 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