AS and A Level Biology

Why study AS/A Level Biology?

Biology is the study of life.   It involves the study of a wide range of exciting and challenging topics. These range from cell biology, human physiology, DNA technology, disease, biochemistry, molecular biology through to ecosystems & human effect on the environment.

What will I study?

AS Units

A Level Units

  • Biological Molecules
  • Cells
  • Exchange in organisms with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to change
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression

Assessment

AS Level Biology

Two exams taken will be taken at the end of Year 12, Paper 1 & 2.  Both will assess content from the AS units studied in Year 12.
Each Paper is 1.5 hours long, each 50% of the AS level.   There will also be questions linked to relevant practical skills developed during the year.

A Level

Three exams will be taken, Paper 1, 2 and 3, at the end of the two year course.

Exam

Course Content Examined

Details of Exam

Paper 1

Assesses content of the four AS level topics listed above and relevant practical skills

1.5 hour exam (35% of final mark)

Paper 2

Assesses content from the four extra units studied in the second year and relevant practical skills

2 hour exam (35% of final mark)

Paper 3

Assesses any content of the eight topics listed so far and any relevant practical skills.

2 hour exam (30% of the final mark)

Entry Requirements

B+ Grades in Biology plus another science (or in core and additional science)

What skills will I gain from studying A Level Biology?

  • Analysing and interpreting data
  • Problem solving skills
  • Evaluative skills
  • Practical skills
  • Team building skills
  • Organisational skills

Where can Biology lead to in the world of work?

Medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physiology, nursing, forensic science, research scientists, teaching…as well as non-science related courses such as accountancy and law.  The list goes on…

Specimen papers and course information available

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