A Level Biology
Biology looks at how living organisms, both animals (including humans) and plants, function and interrelate. Much of the work involves many of the new developments in genetics and biotechnology. It should not be studied in isolation. Biology should be related, in a wider sense, to the needs of people. Relevant and important aspects of modern life are stressed, including those of a personal, social, environmental, economic and technological nature.
What can this course lead to?
Biology is a highly regarded A level and is necessary for a range of both scientific careers such as medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. It is also desirable in other non scientific areas.
Unit content [Exam Board: AQA]
|Unit 1 (AS)||Unit 2 (AS)||Unit 3 (AS)||Unit 4 (A Level)||Unit 5 (A Level)||Unit 6 (A Level)||Unit 7 (A Level)||Unit 8 (A Level)|
|Biological Molecules, Carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes, DNA and ATP||Cells, Cell structure (plants, animals, fungus, bacterial cells and structure of viruses||Organisms, exchange substances with their environment||Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms||Energy transfers in and between organisms||Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment||Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems||The control of Gene Expression|
Method of assessment
Two AS papers: 1 hr 30 mins each
Three A Level papers: 2 hours each
Minimum entry requirement
B grades in GCSE Science and Additional Science or B grade in Triple Science Biology also C grade in Mathematics and English Language.
|AQA A' Level Biology Specification|
For further information, please contact Dr Forsythe (Head of Science) at the school.