Examination Board: AQA

Course Code: 7402

Entry Requirements: Grade 6 in two Science GCSEs (combined science or Biology plus Chemistry or Physics) and Grade 6 in Maths at GCSE

Why study Biology?

Biology is the study of living organisms. It is a broad topic covering biochemistry, cellular biology, physiology, genetics, evolution and ecology. By studying Biology you will develop a deep understanding of living things, an appreciation of scientific methods and a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills. Biology opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers.

A Biology A-level is a requirement for university courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. Many Biology-related degrees require at least two science A-levels, including Biology. As a scientific discipline Biology sits well alongside Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Psychology.

What will I study?

We follow the AQA A-level Biology course (7402) and cover the topics:

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression.

How will I study?

Lessons in Biology will involve a variety of learning activities including discussions, questions, essays, retrieval practice, modelling and practical work. You will consolidate learning outside of lessons and we encourage students to explore their interests through wider reading.

All students will attend a field course to gain hands on experience of a range of ecological sampling techniques. Three ‘Required Practical’ activities take place during this five-day field course. Financial support can be applied for to support families to fund this visit.

How will my work be assessed? 

Throughout the course you will undertake twelve ‘Required Practical’ activities in which you will demonstrate that you are a competent practical biologist. At the end of Year 13 you will sit three papers containing short and long answer questions including one essay question. At least 15% of the marks for A-level Biology are based on what you learned in your practical activities. 10% of the overall assessment of A-level Biology will contain mathematical skills.

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