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Biology in the Sixth Form

 A Level Biology

Course: AQA New specification 7402 2015 onwards

During the course, students will need to be able to communicate effectively and research information from a variety of sources and also be able to handle and interpret data. It is expected therefore that students would have achieved a Grade 5 or higher in both English and Mathematics at GCSE.

The best preparation for A Level Biology is to read as much about the subject as you can. Read articles in the newspaper and in magazines about the living world, health, climate change, the environment etc. Watch programmes on the television on these topics and more. An enthusiasm for how biology works will help enormously! 

Biology is one of the most relevant subjects of the 21st century. It is also lots of fun! Studying Biology in the sixth form is a challenge - you will find there is a big step up from GCSE – but, if you have commitment and enthusiasm, you will succeed!
What is the course about?

Biology at A Level will enable you to acquire a systematic body of biological knowledge and appreciation of its significance. This course develops many of the topics you may have already studied and introduces you to some of the exciting areas of Biology in the contemporary world. For example, the influence genes have on development, environmental issues and aspects of human health. It will also give you an awareness of the ethical, technological and economic aspects of the subject.

What sort of work will I be doing?
Unit 1 – Biological molecules
Unit 2 – Cells
Unit 3 – Transport systems
Unit 4 – DNA, RNA and protein synthesis
Unit 5 – Energy transfers
Unit 6 –Organisms respond to change
Unit 7 – Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
Unit 8 – The control of gene expression
 

Throughout the two year course you will also complete a comprehensive set of practical investigations. These are designed to complement the content studied during lessons and to gain practical skills that will be required at University. 

How will I be assessed for A Level Biology?

Exam Board – AQA Biology

  • There are three written exams for A-Level: 2 hours covering Units 1-8
  • Continual assessment of practical skills competency

As a school, we do not enter students to sit AS Biology examination at the end of the first year. All exams will be sat in Year 13 on the papers, listed above.

What qualifications are needed to take this course?

A Level Biology is a challenging course and we recommend students achieve at least a 6 in GSCE Combined Science or Triple Biology as well as a 6 in Maths and English GSCE. Students will need to be able to communicate effectively and research information from a variety of sources and also be able to handle and interpret data.

What extra work can I do?
 

The best preparation for A Level Biology is to read as much about the subject as you can.  Read articles in the newspaper and in magazines about the living world, health, climate change, the environment etc.  Watch programmes on the television on these topics and more.  An enthusiasm for how biology works will help enormously! 

What do the students say?

‘I like biology because it really relates to everyday life. And I want to be a vet so it’s lucky I really love biology’- Brittany

‘When you learn about processes in the natural world and how intricate they are, it surprises me how everything works together’ -Lauren 

Text books and Revision Guides
CGP A-Level Biology for AQA: Year 1 +2 Student Book
CGP A level Biology: AQA Year 1+2 Complete Revision and Practice
Richard Dawkins – The Selfish Gene
Ben Goldacre – Bad Science
Useful Websites
 

 





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