What is this course about?

This course is designed to develop students’ interest in and enthusiasm for Biology, including developing an interest in further study and careers in Biology. You will:

  • appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.
  • develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of biology and how they relate to each other.

How you will be assessed?

A Level consists of 3 papers all sat at the end of the course:-

Paper 1 – Any content from topics 1-4, including relevant practical skills. Written exam: 2 hours, 91 marks, 35%

Paper 2 – Any content from topics 5-8, including relevant practical skills. Written exam: 2 hours, 91 marks, 35%

Paper 3 – Any content from topics 1-8, including relevant practical skills. Written exam: 2 hours, 78 marks, 30%

What you will study?

AS Level Only

Topic 1 – Biological molecules
Topic 2 – Cells
Topic 3 – Organisms exchange substances with their environment
Topic 4 – Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
Topic 5 – Energy transfers in and between organisms – (A-level only)
Topic 6 – Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments – (A-level only)
Topic 7 – Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems – (A-level only)
Topic 8 – The control of gene expression – (A-level only)

What will it prepare you for?

An A level in Biology could be the beginning of an exciting career in science.  After all, the origins and workings of living things are fundamental to the world we live in, and form the basis of many research-based specialisations.

Subject entry requirements:

  • GCSE grade 5 or above in mathematics.
  • GCSE grade B or above in Biology or Additional Science.