A Level - Biology
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?
The Biology A-level course (AQA) takes you from the
microscopic world of the cell through to the global
impact of man on our environment, exploring recent
scientific developments and technological advances.
You will be taught through a combination of practical
work and theory with a variety of approaches
including discussion, group and independent work
and scientific investigations.
The content of the first year A-level includes
essential biochemistry, cell biology, immunology,
organ structure and function and the fundamentals
of transport systems in plants and animals.
The second year of the course covers the
biochemistry of respiration and photosynthesis,
energy transfers and ecosystems, inheritance, basic
physiology of systems such as nerves, muscles and
homeostasis and the diversification of technology
surrounding DNA. A-level study also provides the
opportunity to practice field techniques including
your own personal analysis of a chosen habitat.
Biology is a very versatile qualification, not only
allowing you access to careers in the scientific field,
but also developing a vast array of transferrable
skills needed for any chosen profession.
Many of our students progress to higher education
and courses they have taken include Biology,
Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Marine
Biology, Pharmacology, Molecular Biology,
Biomedical Science, Forensic Science, Microbiology
and other scientific careers.
WHAT DO I NEED TO JOIN THE COURSE?
Grade 6 in GCSE Biology or Grade 66 in Science
Grade 5 in GCSE English Language
Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics is preferred due to the high mathematical content of the subject. Grade 5 in Mathematics will be considered based on UMS points achieved in GCSE Mathematics and grade profile across other relevant GCSE subjects. Average GCSE point score 5.5
Please note students wishing to take Biology shouldn't take this with Applied Science Extended Certificate or Applied Human Biology Extended Certificate as there is too much course content overlap between these qualifications.
CAN I TAKE ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS?
If you choose to study Biology, you will usually take it alongside two other A-levels or BTEC subsidiary diplomas. In exceptional circumstances the course can also be taken alongside a BTEC Extended diploma.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
A-level examinations in May/June after 2 years
Exam 1 (2 hours, worth 35%) including short and
long answers and extended writing
Exam 2 (2 hours, worth 35%) including short and
long answers and comprehension
Exam 3 (2 hours, worth 30%) questions on practical
technique, critical analysis of experimental data and
12 compulsory practicals, 15% of examinations will
be based on practical skills leading to the award of
the Practical Endorsement.
10% of examinations will be based on mathematical
WHAT ARE THE COSTS?
There are no charges to study this A-level course at the centre, but you will be expected to contribute to the cost of the essential field course conducted at a field centre near Sudbury (3 days), costing approximately £80.
WHAT IS THE DURATION?
This is a two year course.
WHAT IS THE UCAS POINTS TARIFF FOR THIS COURSE?
HOW DO I APPLY?
- Course Type A Level
- Duration 2 Years
- Awarding Body AQA