Biology

This course is designed to follow on from the popular AQA GCSE Science courses. Your studies will be well supported by a wide variety of teaching and learning materials, including numerous online resources. The first year of the course focuses on the core biological principles of cells, biological molecules and genetics. The second year addresses ecology, evolution and the various ways that organisms sense and interact with their environment. Practical work is assessed throughout the course and will help you develop valuable skills in laboratory techniques and data analysis. Biology requires strong analysis and communication skills. 

What skills will I develop?

You will learn to use laboratory equipment skilfully and safely to carry out biological investigations.

You will develop your ability to record, present and analyse the data you collect according to international scientific standards.

You will develop your ability to express complex scientific ideas clearly, both orally and in writing.

Overall, you will develop your ability to make observations, design scientific investigations, and apply your biological knowledge to interpret results and reach logical conclusions.

What topics will I study?

Component 1 – Examination: Paper 1 (2 hours - 35%)

  • Section A: Biological molecules
  • Section B: Cells
  • Section C: Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Section D: Genetic information, variation and relationship between organisms

Component 2 – Examination: Paper 2 (2 hours - 35%)

  • Section A: Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Section B: Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Section C: Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • Section D: The control of gene expression

Component 3 – Examination: Paper 3 (2 hours - 30%)

  • Section A: Questions on all topics

Where does the course lead?

A Level Biology gives an excellent foundation for any life science or medical-related courses at university. Employers regard Biology students as clear thinkers and communicators with a capacity for understanding detail. There are many opportunities for biology-related employment in public health, medical, veterinary laboratory work, forensic science, the NHS, and the scientific Civil Service.

Exam Board

AQA

Head of Department

Rob Harris

Entry Requirements

Five grades 4-9 (or equivalent) including at least grade 6 in Mathematics and either Biology or both Biology exam components of Double Science.

Assessment Breakdown

Examination = 100%