This is a two year course with an exam taken at the end of Y13.
Biology is an ever-expanding area of research and technology. A qualification in Biology will open up for you many different career opportunities, ranging from work in the community as a doctor, physiotherapist or nurse, to careers in manufacturing or education.
During the first year you will study:
Topic 1- Biological Molecules
Topic 2 - Cells
Topic 3 - Transport and Exchange
Topic 4 - Genetic Information, Variation and Relationships
During the second year you will study:
Topic 5 - Energy transfers (Photosynthesis and Respiration)
Topic 6 - Response to Changes
Topic 7 - Genetics, Populations, Evolution and Ecosystems
Topic 8 - The Control of Gene Expression
Coursework or controlled assessments will no longer form part of the A Level Biology qualification. Instead, you will complete 12 practicals which will give you a separate practical endorsement that will stand alone from the A Level. However, some of the skilled developed in practicals will be assessed through written questions in the terminal exams.
Students will sit three exam papers at the end of their two years of study.
Paper 1 ( 35%) = Topics 1 to 4.
Paper 2 ( 35%) = Topics 5 to 8
Paper 3 ( 30%) = Synoptical ( All units) and practical skills questions
The Biology Advanced level course is both demanding and stimulating. Do you have an interest in living organisms and how the living world functions? To be accepted onto this course you must have a minimum of two grade 6s in a dual award Science or a 6 in Biology Single Science with a 6 in another science. The new A Level course now contains 25 separate listed mathematical skills which you will be examined on so a grade 5 in Maths is required.
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Biology is an ever-expanding area of research and technology. A qualification in biology will open up for you many different career opportunities, ranging from work in the community as a doctor, physiotherapist or nurse, to careers in manufacturing or education.