Biology A Level
What will I learn?
Unit 1 Biological molecules
Unit 2 Cells
Unit 3 Organisms exchange materials with their environment
Unit 4 Genetic information, variation and relationships with organisms
Unit 5 Energy transfers in and between organisms
Unit 6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
Unit 7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
Unit 8 The control of gene expression
GCSE grade B in Biology, or Core and Additional Science (not Additional Applied). GCSE grade 5 or above in English and 6 or above in Maths.
GCSE (old) Points Average: 6.0 or above (B grade average)
How long will it take to qualify?
How will I be assessed?
Paper 1: 2 hr exam – any content from topics 1-4: a mixture of short and long answer questions (76 marks); extended response questions (15 marks) 35 %
Paper 2: 2 hr exam – any content from topics 5-8: a mixture of short and long answer questions (76 marks); comprehension question (15 marks) 35 %
Paper 3: 2 hr exam – any content from topics 1-8: structured questions including practical techniques (38 marks); critical analysis of given experimental data (15 marks); one essay from a choice of two titles (25 marks) 30%
Additional Learning Opportunities
Specialist support is available if you hope to progress into Medicine, Veterinary Science or Dentistry. There is a Virtual Medicine enrichment course for aspiring medics, a Vet Society for aspiring veterinary medics and a Dentistry Society for aspiring dentists.
Who is this course aimed at?
Biology is attractive to students who:
- enjoy life sciences
- are fascinated by living systems
- are good at science
- have studied GCSE Science at the higher level
Many students go on to study degrees in subjects including Biology, Medicine and Pharmacy while others seek health-related careers such as Nursing, laboratory work and other scientific work.
- A Level
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