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Biology

AQA A Level Biology

Course Overview

Autumn and Spring terms:

  • Module 1 – Biological molecules. All living organisms share a few carbon-based compounds, this unit focuses on these compounds and their importance.
  • Module 2 – Cells. This module investigates the different components of cells and their function, and how different cells interact with each other.
  • Module 3 – Organisms exchange substances with their environment. This unit includes exchange surfaces, transport in animals and transport in plants.
  • Module 4 – Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms. Topics include DNA, genetic diversity and biodiversity.

Summer term:

  • Completion of practical activities for Year 12
  • Preparation in use of Scientific language and exam technique
  • Commencement of Year 13 work in June, after the end of year assessment

 

Practical work:

Practical work is assessed and carried out over the year in six required practical activities. These contribute to a pass/fail practical endorsement and do not affect the final letter grade.

Assessment:

End of topic testing on recent and previous work.

Mock exam and end of year exam in exam conditions, following this format:

Paper 1 – 50%

  • Content from modules 1 to 4 plus practical activities
  • 75 marks – 1hour 30 mins
  • 65 marks are short answer and 10 marks: comprehension question

Paper 2 – 50%

  • Content from modules 1 to 4 plus practical activities
  • 75 marks – 1hour 30 mins
  • 65 marks are short answer and 10 marks: comprehension question

 

Useful Information

Resources

 

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402

This qualification is linear; students will sit all their exams at the end of their A-level course.

Entry requirements:

Grade 6 in Biology or Grade 6,6 in Combined Science.

Grade 6 in Mathematics

Grade 5 in English

Future Opportunities

Progression to University or modern apprenticeship:

A-level Biology is a great choice for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, including Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Physiotherapy, Nursing and Forensic Science.

Many universities also offer biological science courses such as: Molecular Biology; Cell Biology; Biochemistry; Botany; Zoology; Parasitology; Marine science; Genetics; Immunology; Virology; Pharmacology; and many more.

Other employment opportunities:

 

Most Biology-related jobs would require a Biology-related degree; however employers are looking for a science A level as an indication of analytical skills, so some Biology students choose careers in,for example, economics, business; the Civil Service; management and marketing.

 

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