Biology (A Level)

GCE A LEVEL

Introduction to Course

GCE Biology is about connecting how living organisms function, survive, adapt and overcome disease. The course covers the principles of Biology such as cells, organ systems and the way these interact in real life. Students can expect to enhance and develop practical skills in coordination with their knowledge of subject material.

Exam Board/Specification

AQA 7402

Entry Requirements

  • Grades 6/6 AQA Science Trilogy or grade 6 in GCSE Biology
  • Grade 5 in GCSE English and Maths

Modules/Units

AS modules/units

  • Topic 1: Biological Molecules
  • Topic 2: Cells
  • Topic 3: Organisms Exchange Substances with their Environment
  • Topic 4: Genetic Information, Variation and Relationships Between Organisms
  • AS assessment
  • Paper 1: Any content from topics 1-4; 90 minutes 75 marks; 50% of total AS
  • Paper 2: Any content from topics 1-4; 90 minutes 75 marks; 50% of total AS

A2 modules/units

  • Topic 1: Biological Molecules
  • Topic 2: Cells
  • Topic 3: Organisms Exchange Substances with their Environment
  • Topic 4: Genetic Information, Variation and Relationships between Organisms
  • Topic 5: Energy Transfer in and Between Organisms
  • Topic 6: Organisms Respond to Changes in their Internal and External Environments
  • Topic 7: Genetics, Populations, Evolution and Ecosystems
  • Topic 8: The Control of Gene Expression

A2 assessment

  • Paper 1: Any content from topics 1-4; 120 minutes 91 marks; 35% of total A2
  • Paper 2: Any content from topics 5-8; 120 minutes 91 marks; 35% of total A2
  • Paper 3: Any content from topics 1-8; 120 minutes 91 marks; 30% of total A2

Progression Routes

An A Level in Biology can lead to careers in medicine, veterinary sciences, pharmacy, ecology, teaching, nursing, midwifery, medical research, forensic science, accountancy, academic research, dentistry, nutrition and many others.