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22/08/19

Good Luck to those getting their GCSE results Today! For those of you thinking of staying at Harris Sixth Form or joining us for 2019/2020 here are the enrolment dates: 22nd August Internal Applicants 23 August External Applicants

20/08/19

Retweeted From Harris Federation

Here are some of our brilliant students heading to and this year. Many are the first in their family to attend university and all have beaten extraordinary odds to get there. We are so proud of them and wish them every happiness and success. https://t.co/HJt7DF572H

20/08/19

Looking to Enrol at Harris Sixth Form? Thursday 22nd August: Internal enrolment for students from Harris Federation only. Friday 23rd August: External enrolment for new Year 12s. Wednesday 28th August: Late enrolment for students unable to attend the previous two dates.

19/08/19

Another huge congratulations to our Sixth Form students that received their A Level results last Thursday! Good luck in your future endeavours! https://t.co/MlKbbGTY2m https://t.co/XktcO5f49C

14/08/19

Good luck to our students tomorrow who are getting their !! https://t.co/9ECVzS11BD

12/08/19

Retweeted From DfE

Whether you’re deciding what to study, planning a career, or just curious, section has lots of useful advice! 👇 https://t.co/UXPChwsk2f https://t.co/o556VhXYAk

15/07/19

Retweeted From UCAS

Thought Clearing was just for people waiting for their results? https://t.co/lpgvd4zQ3Y

15/07/19

Celebrate the power of learning on ! Take control of your future and learn a new skill! https://t.co/j0JtQGox8X

14/02/19

Retweeted From Harris Sixth Form

Interested in combining study with your passion for sport? Come along to one of our trials to secure your place on one of our development programmes. For More info: https://t.co/LsX2uMnW7P https://t.co/ctRDZTB9cV

14/02/19

Retweeted From Harris Sixth Form

Interested in combining study with your passion for sport? Come along to one of our trials to secure your place on one of our development programmes. For More info: https://t.co/LsX2uMnW7P https://t.co/PjS19cqVfD

07/02/19

Interested in combining study with your passion for sport? Come along to one of our trials to secure your place on one of our development programmes. For More info: https://t.co/LsX2uMnW7P https://t.co/PjS19cqVfD

07/02/19

Interested in combining study with your passion for sport? Come along to one of our trials to secure your place on one of our development programmes. For More info: https://t.co/LsX2uMnW7P https://t.co/ctRDZTB9cV

29/11/18

Come & Meet students at our NEW Campus See What & We Can Offer - NOT TO BE MISSED! Thursday 29th November Invictus Campus - (London Road, Croydon CR0 2TB) 5:00pm to 7:30pm https://t.co/wq8OBZPlAh

28/11/18

Come & Meet students at our NEW Campus See What & We Can Offer. - NOT TO BE MISSED! Thursday 29th November Invictus Campus - (London Road, Croydon CR0 2TB) 5:00pm to 7:30pm https://t.co/hXzOZm3cWP

28/11/18

We Are so Existed to Announce our NEW Campus Come Along to the this Thursday 29 Nov See What & We Have on Offer Invictus Campus - (London Road, Croydon CR0 2TB) 5:00pm to 7:30pm https://t.co/oEPCwlJDxu

27/11/18

ITS A NIGHT NOT TO BE MISSED! So Excited To Welcome You on Thursday 29 November Harris Invictus Academy - London Road, Croydon CR0 2TB 5:00pm to 7:30pm Come & See what's on offer for your education https://t.co/KGgQ6PztR7

22/11/18

2 campuses with loads to offer - come & speak to current students and teachers TONIGHT - Beckenham Campus - (BR3 3SJ) 4.30 - 7.30pm - Bromley Campus - (BR3 1QR) 4.30 - 8.00pm See what's on offer for your education

22/11/18

Come along and see us TONIGHT @ our South Norwood Campus This is not to be missed Offering a large selection of and to suit everybody 4.30 to 7.00pm (Held @ the 'Upper' Campus) Spurgeon Road, London SE19 3UG

22/11/18

If traditional study is not for you, why not take a look at our campus TONIGHT! - Thursday 22 November - 5.00pm to 7.30pm Location: 11 Oliver Grove, London SE25 6EJ Harris Professional Skill BE WHO YOU WANT TO BE ... https://t.co/tXpMSX70Ov

22/11/18

Retweeted From HCACP PE

Another busy and successful day of sport . Wins for the Sixth form rugby, basketball and football teams. Not to forget the Yr9 football team who won 10-0 in the Surrey cup! #4/4 https://t.co/8sSRzKTAW9

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Biology - A Level

Exam Board: OCR

To complete the full A Level in Biology, students must complete six modules and be assessed on all six at the end of two years of study – i.e. in Year 13. Students will not sit external AS examinations as the A Level is no longer formed of ‘AS’ plus ‘A2’. However, students will sit internal end of year assessments at the end of year 12, in ‘AS’ style, to assess progress.

Year 12 Content

Module 1: Development of Practical Skills in Biology

The content of this module is taught in the context of the biological content of other modules, because practical skills are developed when learning other topics.  This module is designed to develop the skills of planning, implementing practical methods, analysis of results and evaluation.  Evaluating methods and interpreting results of practical investigations will feature on exam papers; furthermore, practical skills will be assessed by the teacher throughout the course and students receive a pass/fail practical certificate alongside their grade at the end (this is for full A Level Biology only).

 

Module 2: Foundations in Biology

This module presents the basic units from which all living organisms are formed: biological molecules and cells.  Students learn the chemistry of biological systems and develop their understanding of cells far beyond GCSE level.

 

Module 3: Exchange and Transport

In this module, students learn how animals and plants exchange substances with their environment, both chemicals essential for survival and chemicals that need eliminating as wastes.  The module also covers the transport systems of animals and plants, including the fascinating study of the human circulatory system.

 

Module 4: Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease

Biodiversity refers to the variety of living organisms on our planet and in specific habitats.  Students study the importance of biodiversity and how it can be measured, as well as how the millions of species on Earth have evolved from a common ancestor. In the disease section of the module, students learn how communicable diseases are transmitted and how the human body, and indeed plants, can defend themselves against the pathogens that cause them.

Year 13 Content

Module 5: Communications, Homeostasis and Energy

Organisms larger than a single cell must develop systems of communication between different body parts if the system is to be maintained in a steady state.  This is the importance of the themes of communication and homeostasis in Biology: both are truly vital for survival. Similarly, systems to produce food using sunlight energy and systems to release the energy stored in foods are essential for life on Earth.  Thus students learn the biochemistry of photosynthesis and respiration in this module.

 

Module 6: Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems

Students explore the role of genes in producing characteristics in living organisms, and how genes can change, appear or disappear over time, leading to the production of new species and, indeed, extinction of species.  This module also delves into the incredible array of genetic manipulation techniques now possible, before moving onto the impact of human beings on ecosystems around the globe.

Assessment

Students sit examinations in their A Level courses at the end of Year 13. All students will take internal end of year examinations at the end of year 12 to determine suitability to continue with the subject in Year 13. Students who do not meet the required pass grade in the Year 12 end of year examinations will not be permitted to progress into Year 13.

There are three written papers to assess A Level Biology.  ‘Biological Processes’ and ‘Biological Diversity’ are each 2 hours 15 minutes, and each account for 37% of the A Level.  The former assess modules 1, 2, 3 and 5.  The latter assess content in modules 1, 2, 4 and 6.  The third exam is called ‘Unified Biology’, and lasts for 1 hour 30 minutes.  This accounts for the remaining 26% of the A Level.  The practical skills of students are assessed throughout the course, leading to a separate certificate called ‘Practical Endorsement in Biology’ – this is simply pass/fail depending on skills shown throughout the course.

Entry Requirements

Students need to have studied a minimum of two GCSEs in science, reaching grade 6 at least in both.  They should attain an overall grade 6 in their Year 11 GCSE, including grade 6 on the biology exam paper (thus they must have done the higher tier paper).  Students also need grade 6 or above in Maths and a grade 5 or above in English Language GCSE. Students who only achieve a grade 5 in Maths GCSE will be expected to follow the Level 3 Core Maths programme.

Career Progression

A Level Biology prepares students for a wide range of courses in Higher Education such as: Agriculture, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Dentistry, Ecology, Food Technology, Forestry, Medicine, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Sports Science, Veterinary Science and many others.  The practical skills, experience of data analysis and the ability to express oneself concisely and accurately are useful attributes and help to prepare a young person for a career in a wide variety of fields.