Biology

A Level AQA

During this two year course students will develop and demonstrate a variety of experimental techniques including: serial dilutions, the use of a colorimeter, microscope work, microbiological aseptic techniques and ecological investigations.  

Throughout the course, students will study the following topics:

  • Biological molecules 
  • Cells 
  • How organisms exchange substances with their environment 
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms  
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms  
  • How organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments Genetics, population, evolution and ecosystems  
  • The control of gene expression 

Assessment

This course will be assessed at the end of the second year: 


Paper 1 - 35%

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • How organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms  

Paper 2 - 35%

  • Energy transfers in and between organisms 
  • How organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments 
  • Genetics, population, evolution and ecosystems 
  • The control of gene expression 

Paper 3 - 30%

  • Content from the whole course  


Practical skills are assessed in the written papers

Skills Developed and Career Prospects
Students who study Biology will develop research, problem solving and analytical skills. Students will also gain practical skills from experiments throughout the course. The Biology A Level can lead to a university degree in any of the Biological Sciences, from Aquaculture to Zoology, and is often a requirement of health related degrees including Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Sciences. 

High Storrs Sixth Form Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at Grade 9 - 4. This MUST include at least a Grade 4 in English Language

Plus

Grade 6 in Biology OR Grade 6-6 in Combined Science AND Grade 5 in Maths