Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Biology

Course Overview

  • A-level Biology is a stepping stone to future study, this specifications will support, inspire students, nurture a passion for Biology and lay the groundwork for further study in courses like biological sciences and medicine.
  • Biology is fundamentally an experimental subject and provides numerous opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality, and equip students with the essential practical skills they need.

In addition to the exams students are required to complete the practical endorsement.  This will be assessed by teachers and will be based on direct observation of students’ competency in a range of skills that are not assessable in written exams.

Visits to local universities to complete the practical endorsement using the latest equipment and techniques is a key aspect of the A Level course.

    Qualification Details

    • Qualification: Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Biology
    • Exam Board: AQA


    Course Teacher Profile

    Mrs Arora

    Mrs Arora


    Mrs Arora is the Curriculum Team Lead for Biology in the Amethyst Sixth Form

    Course Requirements

    To enrol for the A Level Biology course you must have the following…

    • Biology/Science Grade 6
    • English Grade 5
    • Maths Grade 6
    • Must have GCSE

    Year 1 Summary

    • Unit 1 Biological molecules
    • Unit 2 Cells
    • Unit 3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment
    • Unit 4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

    Assessment Information

    AS Biology consists of 2 Papers, each 1.5 hours long.

    Paper 1 – Any content from topics 1-4, including relevant practical skills. 50% of AS

    Paper 2 – Any content from topics 1-4, including relevant practical skills. 50% of AS

    Year 2 Summary

    • Unit 5 Energy transfers in and between organisms).
    • Unit 6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments.
    • Unit 7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems.
    • Unit 8 The control of gene expression.

    Assesment Information

    A Level Biology consists of 3 Papers, each 2 hours long.

    Paper 1 – Any content from topics 1-4, including relevant practical skills. 35% of A Level

    Paper 2 – Any content from topics 5-8, including relevant practical skills. 35% of A Level

    Paper 3 – Any content from topics 1-8, including relevant practical skills. 30% of A Level

    Careers and Next Steps

    Biologists study organisms and the relationship they have with their environment.

    Skills developed include;

    • Analytical skills
    • Communication
    • Leadership
    • Multitasking

    Careers choices for pupils who have studied Biology at A Level:

    • Bioengineer
    • Clinical Technician
    • Curator
    • Doctor
    • Epidemiologist
    • Geneticist
    • Teacher
    • Zoologist

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