Biology

At a glance

Awarding Board: AQA
Entry Requirements: Six GCSE grades 9-4 including English Language and Mathematics
Subject Specific: GCSE Mathematics grade 6, GCSE Biology and one other GCSE Science at grade 6 or GCSE Combined Science grade 6-6

Assessment

Three 2 hour examinations at the end of Year 13 and the completion of all practical activities is complulsory
Paper 1 (35%)
Paper 2 (35%)
Paper 3 (30%)

Why choose A Level Biology?

Biology A Level will give you the skills to make connections and associations with all living things around you. Biology literally means the study of life and if that’s not important, what is?

Being such a broad topic, you’re bound to find a specific area of interest, plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers.

What will you study?

Year 12:

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • How organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

Year 13:

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

 

How will you study?

An A Level Biology class will typically have 10-15 pupils. The structure of lessons will be very similar to GCSE lessons. Lessons will begin with retrieval questions, consolidating key concepts and knowledge required for the lesson. This is then followed by teacher led introduction of new concepts, consolidation activities and reflective independent work.

Throughout the course you will carry out compulsory practical activities that will give you the skills and confidence needed to investigate the way living things behave and work. It will also ensure that if you choose to study a Biology-based subject at university you’ll have the practical skills needed to carry out successful experiments in your degree.

Where will it take me?

Studying Biology offers an infinite number of amazing career opportunities including: Doctor, Research Scientist, Pharmacologist, Clinical Molecular Geneticist, Scientific Laboratory Technician, Vet, Nature Conservation Officer, Secondary School Teacher, Marine Biologist, Dentist, Agricultural Engineer, Physiotherapist, Microbiologist, Nurse or Zoologist.

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