A Level Biology
About the course
Have you ever wondered what we are made of, how we fight disease or what role plants play in our lives? Then the study of Biology is for you.
Biology is always in the news whether it is finding a potential cure for a disease or how plants can be genetically modified to enhance food production. The AQA course presents Biology as exciting, relevant and challenging. It emphasizes how science works and the contribution of science to modern society.
AS Subject Content:
The “stand-alone” AS qualification has four study units comprised of ‘Biological Molecules’, ‘Cells’, ‘Organisms exchange substances with their environment’, and ‘Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms’. The practical module is integrated with the theoretical topics and assessed through the two written papers.
A Level Subject Content:
Along with the units studied at AS, four more units are studied: ‘Energy transfers in and between organisms’, ‘Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment’, ‘ Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems’ and ‘The control of gene expression’. There are three exams covering all of AS and A level content, including the integrated practical skills.
What skills will I learn?
The Human Biology A Level course helps students develop a number of skills:
• How to assemble data and assess it
• How to investigate facts and use deduction
• How to put over your point of view fluently
• How to work in a team to achieve this
Students will be required to purchase a textbook for both AS and A Level.
All students will take the AS qualification at the end of the first year comprising two exams covering all four study units and the required practical skills. Those progressing to A level will take three examinations covering all eight units from AS and A level as well as the required practical skills.
Biology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, where the Government has identified a significant skills shortage, as well as people who want to follow a broad general education.
Students who take Biology often also study from a wide range of subjects including Psychology, Sociology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography and Mathematics.
5 GCSE Grade A*-C, including English Language grade 4 or above, a BB in Core and Additional Science and grade 5 in Mathematics.
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