The A-level Biology course aims to develop essential knowledge and understanding of biological concepts, an understanding of scientific methods and increase awareness of advances in technology relevant to Biology. The course also strives to recognise the value and responsible use of Biology in society and to address moral and ethical issues as well as the wider environmental concerns.
There are four units in Year 12 and a further four units for Year 13. Practical work is an integral part of the course. Assessment includes a Practical Endorsement / Competency Report.
How will it be assessed?
A-level Biology, two-year linear course. Examining board: AQA.
Any content from topics 1– 4, including relevant practical skills (35%). Written exam: 2 hour.
Questions: 76 marks: A mixture of short and long answer questions.
15 marks: extended response questions.
Any content from topics 5-8, including relevant practical skills (35%). Written exam: 2 hour.
Questions: A mixture of short and long answer questions.
15 marks: comprehension question.
Any content from topics 1– 8, including relevant practical skills (30%). Written exam: 2 hours; structured questions, including practical techniques:
15 marks: critical analysis of given experimental data.
25 marks: one essay from a choice of two titles.
Where will it lead?
Studying Biology A-level could lead to a degree in Biology, Medicine or numerous other Health and Natural Science-related degrees. You could end up working outdoors, in a lab or in an office! Biology provides you with a diverse range of skills that can help you in any career path.
Science alive, field work experiments.
At least GCSE grade 6-6 in Double award. If separate Sciences are studied at GCSE, at least 6-6-5, with grade 6 in Biology. Students must also achieve at least grade 5 in GCSE Maths.