Biology

Department: Science  

Type of Qualification: A Level  

Exam Board: AQA 

Additional Entry Requirements: Grade 7-7 in GCSE Combined Science OR Grade 7 in GCSE Biology; Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics; Grade 6 in English Language 

Why study Biology? 

Biology is a fantastic course for those who are curious about the natural world and studying how the body is put together. Students who take Biology often also study from a wide range of subjects, including Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, PE, English and Geography. 

Course Content 

Year 1 

  1. Biological Molecules 
  1. Cells 
  1. Organisms exchange substances with their environment 
  1. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms  

Year 2 

  1. Energy transfers in and between organisms 
  1. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments 
  1. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems 
  1. The control of gene expression  

 

Assessment 
Paper 1: Written exam on Units 1-4 (2 hours) (35%) 

Paper 2: Written exam on Units 5-8 (2 hours) (35%) 

Paper 3: Written exam on Units 1-8 (2 hours) (30%) 

Teacher Assessed Endorsement of Practical Skill 

Careers in Biology 

A wide range of careers are available such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary, physiotherapy, pharmacy, midwifery, paramedics, nursing, zoology, marine biology, sports science, teaching, forensics.