A Level Biology
There exists a wide variety of higher education options that are related to biology. For example, Biology A level can support entry into: medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, pharmacy, physiotherapy, radiography, occupational therapy, all branches of nursing, psychology, biomedical sciences, environmental science, ecology, genetics and scientific research.
Awarding Body - AQA
Students will take the AS exams at the end of year one and A level exams at the end of year 2.
AS involves 2 exams with questions drawn from topics 1-4 below as well as practical skills
A2 Involves 3 exams with the first involving questions from topics 1-4 , the second and third covering all topics 1-8. This also involves practical skills
For A level Biology you will need to have Grade 6 or above in GCSE Biology (triple award) or 6, 6 from Dual Award Science.
For a 3 A level programme you will need to have a minimum of five Grade 9-4 passes at GCSE which includes English and Mathematics.
For a 4 A level programme you will need to have a minimum of six Grade 9-4 passes at GCSE which includes English and Mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at 9-7 grade.
1. Biological molecules - the basic chemistry of living organisms, necessary knowledge for all further study of Biology.
2. Cells - the ultrastructure of cells as seen by electron microscopy; practical light microscopy.
3. Organisms - exchange substances with their environment; gas exchange, circulation and digestion.
4. Genetics - genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms. The study of DNA and RNA, mitosis and meiosis.
5. Energy - energy transfers in and between organisms (A-level only);
Photosynthesis, Respiration and ecosystems.
6. Organisms respond to changes – responses to internal and external environmental changes (A-level only); homeostasis, the nervous and hormonal systems.
7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A-level only) -
Inheritance of characteristics. Evolution and speciation.
8. The control of gene expression (A-level only) - DNA technology.
AS- Unit 1 , 1hr exam; Unit 2 1hr 45min exam; Unit 3 internally assessed practical exams.
A2 Unit 4 1 hr exam; Unit 5 1hr 45 min exam; Unit 6 internally assessed practical exams.
2 Years, Full Time.
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