Biology AS Level Essay Harris Academy
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This task was set as summer homework for students beginning the AS Biology course the following September (2011). (See actual task set) The aim was to stimulate the students to independently research a topic which they would be studying in Year 12 (lower sixth, age 16-17). This research was to be written up as an essay and students were given help on how to approach this (see the help sheet). Students were expected to show a satisfactory amount of KS4 knowledge (from GSCEs), supplemented with extra detail from their research, expanding on their points. Added to this, we hoped to see suitable referencing and a comment on the validity of used sources – students had experience of this in Year 11. The ability to carry out independent research is fundamental to a student's success at A level Biology.
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