Subject Team

Mr D Spence (Head Of Department)
Mrs R Crooks
Mrs C Leeper
Mrs E Glynn

Department Aims

This Single Award A Level subject delivers a robust understanding of Biology and Chemistry for students who want to study Science at A Level but do not want to commit two of their A Level choices to the two subjects separately.

It also allows a pathway into A Level Science for students who have achieved high grades in GCSE Single Award Science.

The content is delivered by experienced Biology and Chemistry teachers.

The 2015 MATRIX sector report identified a significant skills gap in the life and health sciences sector, which generates £800m turnover per year in Northern Ireland.

This engaging qualification, developed with local employers including Almac, Norbrook and Intelesens, will foster the essential skills required by this growing sector and provide learners with numerous pathways into a wide range of STEM careers.

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A Level

Life & Health Sciences (Single Award)

Examination Board: CCEA

What is A Level Life & Health Sciences about?

This Single Award A Level subject delivers a robust understanding of Biology and Chemistry for students who want to study Science at A Level but do not want to commit two of their A Level choices to the two subjects separately.

It also allows a pathway into A Level Science for students who have achieved high grades in GCSE Single Award Science.

The content is delivered by experienced Biology and Chemistry teachers.

The 2015 MATRIX sector report identified a significant skills gap in the life and health sciences sector, which generates £800m turnover per year in Northern Ireland.

This engaging qualification, developed with local employers including Almac, Norbrook and Intelesens, will foster the essential skills required by this growing sector and provide learners with numerous pathways into a wide range of STEM careers.

What will I study and how will I be assessed?

AS ContentAssessmentAS Weighting
Unit 1
Experimental Techniques
Internal assessment – portfolio of evidence of Biology, Chemistry and Physics practical work33.34%

 

Unit 2
Human Body Systems
External written examination
1 hour 30 mins
33.33%

 

Unit 3
Aspects of Physical Chemistry in Industrial Processes
External written examination
1 hour 30 mins
33.33%

 

A2 ContentAssessmentA2 Weighting
Unit 1
Scientific Method, Investigation, Analysis and Evaluation
Internal assessment – students complete a portfolio of evidence that includes an essay, plans, a lab book, and a report with analysis and evaluation33.34%

 

Unit 2
Organic Chemistry
External written examination
1 hour 45 mins
33.33%

 

Unit 5
Genetics, Stem Cell Research and Cloning
External written examination
1 hour 45 mins
33.33%

 

 

Are there any particular qualities, skills I should have to study this course and to what kind of careers can it lead?

If you are planning to apply for a very competitive Science course at university (e.g. Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Biomedical Science) it is recommended that you study Biology and Chemistry as separate A Level subjects.

Single Award Life & Health Sciences is accepted as the Science option in a range of courses (e.g. Nursing, Food Science and several Engineering disciplines – you should check university websites and prospectuses to see if it is accepted for the courses that you are interested in applying for).

 

Entry requirements

Students seeking to study AS Single Award Life & Health Sciences must have:

  1. At least a grade B in GCSE Chemistry and Biology, or at least a grade BB in GCSE Double Award Science, or at least a grade A in GCSE Single Award Science (please note that all units in the aforementioned subjects must be taken at Higher Tier).
  2. At least a grade B in GCSE Mathematics.

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