Biology (A-Level)

Biology (A-Level)

Advanced Level Qualification

Sixth Form Overview

Students aged 17-18 years old

Course Outline

In this course you will learn about a wide range of biological concepts and techniques, including health and diseases, theory of DNA replication, biochemistry of photosynthesis and respiration. You will also discover how you have developed from a simple single cell into a complex, multi-cellular, organism and how the genetic code has allowed such complexity to thrive on Earth. You will also explore how society makes decisions about biology-related issues and how it contributes to the success of the economy and society.

  • Biological molecules
  • Cell and cell structure
  • Enzymes
  • Transport in cells and gas exchange
  • DNA, genes and chromosomes
  • protein synthesis
  • Biodiversity
  • Disease, pathogens, lifestyle and
  • Digestion and absorption
  • Immunology
  • Heart
  • Cell division
  • Mutation and cancer
  • Communities and ecosystems
  • Variation
  • Ecology
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Energy transfer
  • Nutrient cycles
  • Inheritance
  • Control and nervous systems
  • Skeletal muscles
  • Control systems in plants
  • Homeostasis
  • Hormones
  • Control of heart rate
  • Transcription and translation
  • A combination paper looking at
    practical skills and a combination of the other topics.
  • 5 written exams
  • 1 hour 30 minute exams
  • 75 marks per exam
  • Each exam is worth 20% of your A level.
  • AS assessments contribute to 40% of the total marks for the full A level, the remaining 60% comes from the A2 assessments
  • AO1: Knowledge and understanding of scientific principles and concepts
  • AO2: Application of knowledge and understanding of scientific principles and concepts in both familiar and novel contexts
  • AO3: The ability to describe, analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information presented in different forms
  • AO4: The ability to select, describe and evaluate scientific procedures
  • Exam Board AQA
  • Course Code 9610, 7410
  • AS Available Yes
  • Entry Requirements Grade 7 in Biology
  • Exam Papers 5
  • Course Work No
  • Prior Study Compulsory

Course Progression & Additional Information

A-Level Biology is an ideal subject choice if you plan to study other science-based subjects or progress on to higher level science courses at university. It can open up doors to university courses, for example Biology, Botany, Zoology, Genetics, Microbiology, Sport and exercise science.

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