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Specification: AQA


Qualification type: A Level


Entry criteria (GCSE grades)

Science 6&6 (Higher Tier only) or 5 in Biology plus 5 in Maths


Subject description

The course explores key biological principles: molecules and cells; physiologies of plants and animals along with genetics and use of gene technology in medicine and forensic science; disease and infectious pathogens in relation to lifestyle and the effect on human health; environment and effects of human impact; energy transfer through ecological systems. Investigative or practical skills are assessed throughout the course.

It is worth considering Biology with a complementary subject such as Chemistry, but this is not essential.


Core content

  1. Biological molecules
  2. Cells
  3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  5. Energy transfers in and between organisms (A Level only)
  6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments (A Level only)
  7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A Level only)
  8. The control of gene expression (A Level only)


How the course is assessed

AS is assessed with two written papers covering any content from modules 1-4, including relevant practical skills. The two papers are each 1 hour 30 minutes long.  Each paper has a 50% weighting.  A Level is assessed with three written papers covering 1-4, 5-8 and 1-8 respectively.  All papers also assess relevant practical skills.

At A level, if students meet the required competency of skills and techniques they will also receive a practical endorsement.


Post-18 opportunities

Students go on to a wide range of courses from Biology, including Medicine, Environmental Studies, Sports Science, Education and Natural Sciences.


Teacher responsible:  Mr J Parks