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Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School
Merthyr Dyfan Road
Barry, CF62 9YQ
GCE Biology and Human Biology WJEC AS/A2
Biology provides a wide breadth of knowledge which touches on many varied aspects of a variety of topics. These range from the internal workings of organisms in physiology and the interdependence of living things in ecology, to social issues including man's influence on the environment and the ethical issues of genetics.
An understanding of scientific method as the means by which the body of scientific knowledge is increased and an enquiring and critical approach is fostered, including an awareness that different perceptions, predictions and interpretations may be applied according to context.
The breadth of study and updated content will enable the implications of modern biology to be appreciated and the importance of the role of these studies in understanding environmental, ethical and social issues and their implications.
The WJEC specification is intended to define a body of knowledge and skills which is considered essential to the study of biology at this level. It provides a broad view of all the major aspects of the subject and an appreciation of their interdependence.
The study of biology therefore encourages an appreciation of these issues and the implications as well as providing an insight into the living world.
The course consists of a great deal of practical work and pupils should be prepared to handle living organisms and biological materials. However, dissection of a whole or part of a mammal is not compulsory. The course also includes a series of visits, workshops, lectures and fieldwork which pupils are expected to attend as they are an essential part of the course.
It is intended that the use of a variety of approaches will stimulate interest, promote understanding and engender an overall appreciation and sense of wonder at the living world.
On both courses, the practical work serves to illustrate and to promote an investigatory approach. Computer technology such as CD-Roms, the Internet and computer simulations are used.
In order to complete this course successfully, students will need to study privately using a wide range of resources and be prepared to occasionally work outside the normal timetable in order to complete experiments and investigations.