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Biology

Biology

 Exam Type: Linear 2 year A-Level

Exam Board: AQA

 

Course Requirements:

It is expected that students will have achieved a GCSE Grade 6 or above in both Combined Science or Grade 6 in Biology and another Science. During the course, students will be expected to handle and interpret data so it is also expected that students will have achieved a GCSE Grade 5 minimum in Mathematics.

 

Course Content:

You will develop greater understanding of biological facts together with an appreciation of their significance in new and changing situations. You will develop greater expertise in the area of practical work and the link between theory and experimental work. You will continue to enjoy and further develop a personal interest in the study of living organisms.

You will examine the recognition of the responsible use of Biology in society and the awareness of developments in Biology in an ever changing world.

The topics covered include:

  1. Biological molecules
  2. Cells
  3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  5. Energy transfers in and between organisms (A-Level only)
  6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments (A-Level only)
  7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A-Level only)
  8. The control of gene expression (A-Level only.)

 

Assessment:

By examination

A-level

  • Paper 1: Assessed on any content from topics 1– 4, including relevant practical skills.  (35% of A-Level)
  • Paper 2: Assessed on any content from topics 5– 8, including relevant practical skills. (35% of A-Level)
  • Paper 3: Assessed on any content from topics 1– 8, including relevant practical skills. (30% of A-Level)

 

Career Opportunities/Progression:

Follow a degree course in Biology, Environmental Science, Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Psychology or Pharmacy.

It can also be used to support applications for Higher Education courses in non-scientific subjects. Employment in the area of the health professions, biotechnology, catering, and land management.