Biology at A level will enable you to acquire a systematic body of biological knowledge and an appreciation of its significance. It is a subject that can provide you with great enjoyment and respect for all things living. This course develops many of the topics you may have already studied and introduces you to some of the exciting areas of Biology in the contemporary world. You may study, for example, the influence that genes have on our development, environmental issues and aspects of human health. Biology is a practical science subject so you will develop experimental skills and an understanding of the scientific method. It is hoped that this course will help you gain some understanding of the fresh, dynamic and exciting nature of biology today, and an awareness of the ethical, technological and economic aspects of the subject.
COURSE CONTENT: AQA BIOLOGY A-LEVEL (7402)
Year 1 UNITS: A level UNITS (on top of the Year 1 Units):
1 Biological molecules 5 Energy Systems
2 Cells 6 Responding to Change
3 Exchange of substances 7 Environmental Genetics
4 Genetic information. 8 Genetic Control
Although the 12 required practicals do not count towards your grade, they are pass or fail, 15% of written the assessment will be based on your knowledge practical skills.
10% of the assessment will require your GCSE Maths skills and higher. Learning the content is only 35-40% of the assessment. Being able to apply that knowledge, in sometimes unfamiliar contexts, is worth 40-45% and being able to analyse and evaluate scientific information is worth 20-25%.
An A level qualification in Biology could prepare you to study Biology or one of the Biological Sciences in Further or Higher Education. You may wish to take a more vocational course leading to a career in medicine, veterinary medicine, animal health, horticulture or agriculture.
GCSE GRADE PROFILE
Students who study this subject will ideally achieve a Grade 6-6 in GCSE Combined Science OR a 6 in GCSE Biology, although we are happy to accept Grade 5 students (5-5 or 5-6 in Combined Science) who complete a GCSE/A-Level transition package over the summer holidays to a high enough standard.
Students must also achieve a minimum of a 5 in Mathematics and in English Language or Literature, due the high mathematical demand of this subject as well as the importance of vocabulary and clear written communication.