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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.

Further information

AQA A' Level Biology Specification

For further information, please contact Dr Forsythe (Head of Science) at the school.

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