A Level Biology

“A-Level Biology is a demanding course. To be accepted, you will need a 6 in Biology and one other science, or a 6-6 in Combined Science: Trilogy.”

Qualification

A Level

Awarding Body

AQA

Course Specification

Who to contact for more information about this course

Queries should be directed to Ms Ladha

Years taught

Year 12 and Year 13

What is the course structure?

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Course Requirements

 

A-Level Biology is a demanding course. To be accepted, you will need a 6 in Biology and one other science, or a 6-6 in Combined Science: Trilogy.

The course does have a high demand of both literacy and mathematics so you will also need a 6 in English and a 5 in Maths.

You will also need good attendance & commitment grades.

What will I study?

A-Level Biology in Year 12 covers:

  • Biological molecules including how these are involved in cell communication and defending against disease

  • Cells and how they are specialised for different functions

  • Transport and exchange systems

  • Genetic and environmental factors which cause variation. Similarities and differences are looked at on a biochemical basis and at the cellular level.

 

A-Level Biology in Year 13 covers:

 

  • Energy transfers in and between organisms (including respiration and photosynthesis)

  • How organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

  • Genetics, population, evolution & ecosystems

  • The control of gene expression

How is the course assessed?

There are 3 papers and a practical endorsement.

Paper 1

  • Any content from topics 1 to 4, including relevant practical skills

  • 2 hour written exam

  • 91 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions (76 marks), and extended response questions (15 marks)

  • 35% of A-level

Paper 2

  • Any content from topics 5 to 8, including relevant practical skills

  • 2 hour written exam

  • 91 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions (76 marks) and extended response questions (25 marks)

  • 35% of A-level

Paper 3

  • Any content from topics 1 to 8, including relevant practical skills.

  • 2 hour written exam

  • 78 marks: structured questions including practical techniques (38 marks), critical analysis of given experimental data (15 marks), and one essay from a choice of two titles (25 marks)

  • 30% of A-level

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