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Biology A level

Biology provides a wide breadth of knowledge which touches on many varied aspects of a range of topics. BiologyThese include the internal workings of organisms in physiology and the interdependence of living things in ecology, and social issues including human influence on the environment and the ethical considerations of genetics.

How will I be assessed? (Assessment)

AS Unit 1: Basic Biochemistry and Cell Organisation. Written exam, 1 hour 30 minutes (80 marks) 20% of qualification - Topics include: Biological molecules, cell organisation, cell membrane  structure and transport across, enzymes, nucleic acids and DNA, mitosis and meiosis. 

AS Unit 2: Biodiversity and Physiology of Body Systems. Written exam, 1 hour 30 minutes (80  marks) 20% of qualification - Topics include: Classification, biodiversity, species concept, gas  exchange in the gills, lungs and leaf, transport in the body and leaf, adaptations for nutrition 

A2 Unit 3: Energy, Homeostasis and the Environment. Written exam, 2 hours (90 marks) 25% of  qualification -Topics include: Respiration, photosynthesis, microbiology, populations, the human  impact on the environment, homeostasis, the kidney, the nervous system 

A2 Unit 4: Variation, Inheritance and Options Written exam, 2 hours (90 marks) 25% of  qualification. - (plus a choice of one option out of three: Immunology and Disease, Human  Musculoskeletal Anatomy or Neurobiology and Behaviour). 

A2 Unit 5: Practical examination. (50 marks) 10% of qualification

What kind of work will I do outside the classroom?

Students of Biology will find a strong emphasis on independent study and self-evaluation, leading to progression. Students will be required to read up on the subject before the lesson to promote a deeper understanding during the lesson. There will, of course, be associated homework tasks and past paper questions. A desire to read widely and watch documentaries, video clips and animations will also support student learning and enjoyment.

What could I do at the end of my course? (Progressions)

This specification provides a suitable foundation for the study of biology or a related area through a  range of higher education courses, the next level of vocational qualifications or employment. In addition, the specification provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for learners  who do not progress to further study in this subject. Popular university courses in recent years have  been Medicine, Dentistry, Molecular Biology, Veterinary Science, Biochemistry, Zoology, Botany,  Biology, Nursing, Midwifery and Radiography.

Entry Requirements: GCSE Science BB or above.