Biology A Level


What will I learn?

1st Year

  1. Unit 1 Biological molecules
  2. Unit 2 Cells
  3. Unit 3 Organisms exchange materials with their environment
  4. Unit 4 Genetic information, variation and relationships with organisms

2nd Year

  1. Unit 5 Energy transfers in and between organisms
  2. Unit 6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  3. Unit 7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  4. Unit 8 The control of gene expression

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade 6 in Biology, or Core and Additional Science (not Additional Applied). GCSE grade 4 or above in English and 5 or above in Maths.

GCSE Points Score  Average: 5.7 or above

How long will it take to qualify?

Two years

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1: Two hour 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: Two hour exam – any content from topics 5-8: a mixture of short and long answer questions (76 marks); comprehension question (15 marks) 35 %

Paper 3: Two hour 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%

Throughout your time at JLC you will be assessed at regular intervals throughout your course in the style of external assessments under exam conditions. This is to help track your progress and help prepare you with the skills needed for the final exam.

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
  • have a desire to progress into medicine, veterinary medicine or dentistry

What next?

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.

Summary

Level

  • A Level

Subject

  • Biology

Course Length

  • 2 Years

Age

  • 16+