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Introduction to Biology


QUALIFICATION: AQA - AS & A-LEVEL IN BIOLOGY

The study of A-Level Biology appeals to students who enjoy science and are naturally inquisitive about the human body, the natural world and the myriad of organisms that populate our diverse planet. Biology is the study of living organisms and how they interact with the environment and therefore this course provides a solid background for most science based degree courses. It is a requirement to at least AS Level by some Universities for courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Natural Sciences and Biological Sciences. The lessons will be a mixture of teacher-led activities that promote independent learning and extensive use practical experiences to link theory to reality, and equip students with the essential practical skills they need. The course includes written examinations, continual practical assessment and assignments.

In studying Biology you will automatically be enrolled into the Science Academy.


Teaching & Assessment


Year 12
Paper 1: Any content from topics 1– 4, including relevant practical skills.
Written exam: 1 hour 30 minute, 75 marks, 50% of AS.
Paper 2: Any content from topics 1– 4, including relevant practical skills.
Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 75 marks, 50% of AS.

Year 13
Paper 1: Any content from topics 1– 4, including relevant practical skills.
Written exam: 2 hours, 91 marks, 35% of A-level.
Paper 2: Any content from topics 5 – 8, including relevant practical skills.
Written exam: 2 hours, 91 marks, 35% of A-level.
Paper 3: Any content from topics 1– 8, including relevant practical skills.
Written exam: 2 hours, 78 marks, 30% of A-level.


Vocational Progression


A-Level Biologists have a wide variety of options when choosing which subject to read at University such as: Medicine; Nursing; Midwifery; Genetics; Environmental Science; Ecology; Botany; Paramedic Science; Pharmacology; Physiotherapy; Bio-medical Science; Veterinary Science; Marine Biology; Zoology and all Life Sciences.


Course Structure


Year 12


YEAR 12

• Biological Molecules.
• Cells.
• Organisms Exchange Substances with their Environment.
• Genetic Information, Variation and Relationships between Organisms.


Year 13


Year 13 (A-Level only)


• Energy Transfers in and between Organisms.
• Organisms Respond to changes in their Internal and External   Environments.
• Genetics, Populations, Evolution and Ecosystems.
• The Control of Gene Expression.