Exam Board AQA

Why Should I Study This Course?

This course is designed for students who wish to focus on their study of biological science. It is suited to a range of students wishing to follow a number of different pathways including university.

The aims are to encourage students to:-

  • Develop and stimulate their interest in, and enthusiasm for, biology
  • Appreciate the way in which scientists work and the contribution of biology to a modern society.
  • Develop essential knowledge, skills and understanding of different areas of biology and how they relate to each other.

What Kind of Student is This Suitable For?

You will need a good, practical mind for Biology and a desire to learn about the chemistry of biological molecules and biological pathways and be able to work independently.

Key Features of the Course

AS and Advanced level Biology provide progression from GCSE, through post 16 studies to form the basis for entry into higher education and employment. It provides a worthwhile course of study for candidates of various ages and from diverse backgrounds in terms of general education, career development and lifelong learning. The specification establishes core principles on which an understanding of Biology is based.

The course should provide stimulus and generate an interest for students and has been designed to give students an insight into how science is relevant to their everyday experiences. It should help them to develop critical skills which will improve their decision-making, both on a personal level and as a member of society.

Course Breakdown

AS (Year 1) Level Topics
AS topics Paper 1 & 2 (2 × 1½ hr papers). Raw marks 75, each paper is 50% of the AS.

Topic 1
Biological Molecules
Topic 2
Cells
Topic 3
Organisms exchanging substances with their environment
Topic 4
Generic information variation & relationships between organisms & 6 required practicals.

A Level Topics
Topic 5
Energy transfer in and between organisms – Paper 1 (Topics 1-4 from AS) 2 hrs. Raw marks 91 (35% of the A Level)
Topic 6
Organisms respond to changes in their internal & external environments – Paper 2 (Topics 5-8) 2 hrs. Raw marks 91 (35% of the A Level)
Topic 7
Genetic populations, evolution and ecosystems.
Topic 8
Control of gene expression – Paper 3 (Topics 1-8 plus practical techniques) 2 hrs. Raw marks 78 (30% of the A Level).
Further 6 required practicals.

Where Can it Take Me?

A Level Biology can lead to a university course or work-based qualifications in the following areas:-

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Dentist
  • Physiotherapy
  • Forensic Sciences
  • Teaching

Biology Teaching Staff

This course is delivered by:
Mr D Booker
Mrs D Boyer- White
Mrs S Motion