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RE: Biology 'A' Level

Discussion in 'Science' started by QueenOfTheLab, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. We accept students for A-level Sciences if they have C in the individual subject or a BB in double science. Although management says the opposite, I'm personally far happier taking on a BB double science student than a CCC triple science student.

    In Biology, I'd be looking for, if not a B in GCSE Bio, then a C plus a pretty good English Language grade. If the Chemistry grade is good then I can do something there. Bio is sometimes thought of as a bit of a doss subject because of the lack of maths in most specifications, but Physics would ask for a B in Physics and Maths no questions asked.

    I would echo the earlier post - a C at Foundation is wholly different to a C at Higher level. When my colleagues imply that we shouldn't accept any double science students I remind them that I was a double science student and it was good enough for Cambridge University. I think more than triple science, mastery of whatever science you do is important at GCSE. C grades do not show mastery. And yes, the majority of my C GCSE students in A-level have the battle of their lives on to get through AS with anything above a D.
     
  2. Ditto the above. One thing we can be (almost) certain of is the likelihood of a fail at A-Level for C grade students. Years of experience proves this.

    Sorry.
     
  3. Skeoch

    Skeoch Lead commenter

    Bs at least. I have heard of Departments which won't take anyone without As. And I'd expect competent Maths GCSE too - again a B is realistic minimum.
     
  4. teo

    teo

    From experience, I look for A grades from Science + Additional Science students or a B grade in Biology.
     
  5. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Even A grade students often find A level difficult. It's the linking of ideas/concepts and the literacy skills needed to express these links that is hard. Im never happy acceprting a C grade student. I also have problem with A grade IGCSE students as they have almost zero practical skills.
     
  6. ScienceGuy

    ScienceGuy Occasional commenter

    My centre has a policy of accepting all students on to any A level if they have a C grade. Generally we put them off the subject in the first couple of weeks by putting a lot of pressure on them and while they still can switch to something more appropriate.
     

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