This course is designed to follow on from the popular AQA GCSE Science courses. Your studies will be well supported by a wide variety of teaching and learning materials, including numerous online resources. The first year of the course focuses on the core biological principles of cells, biological molecules and genetics. The second year addresses ecology, evolution and the various ways that organisms sense and interact with their environment. Practical work is assessed throughout the course and will help you develop valuable skills in laboratory techniques and data analysis. Biology requires strong analysis and communication skills. Students develop independent study skills and there are opportunities for teamwork, research and oral presentations.
1. Biological molecules
3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment
4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
5. Energy transfers in and between organisms
6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
8. The control of gene expression
- Continuous assessment will be used to inform the student’s progression into Year 13 and their registration for the A level Biology exam.
- The A Level course will assess all content from both years of the course and will be examined by three 2hr papers in June of the second year of study.
- There is no longer a coursework or controlled assessment unit.
- Assessments are based upon 12 compulsory Required practical investigations set by AQA. These are assessed in the written exams.
Students are assessed for development of practical skills along the way; with a pass/fail at the end. The A-Level exams test these skills, so it also affects the final grade. Students maintain and develop a 'lab book' to show evidence of completion of required practicals and associated skills.
Our students progress onto a very broad range of science related courses at universities across the country, including those deemed to be 'prestigious'. Students apply for university courses leading to careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, natural sciences, psychology, nursing and midwifery, biomedical science, physiotherapy and research.
Some also go on to non-science related courses and careers such as law where their achievements in science A Levels have served to develop skills such as problem solving and critical thinking.