A level Biology

  • Course type: A level
  • Awarding/exam body: AQA

Introduction

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Biology is the study of the natural world and will take you on a journey through life from the macroscopic environments that drive the biodiversity we see on Earth, through to the microscopic world of the cell and the molecular interactions that drive it. Studying Biology at A Level will engage you with the complexities of Biological concepts and enable you to link this to concepts learnt in Chemistry and Physics too. Whilst there is a lot of theory to learn, there will also be a great deal of analysis of experimental data as you will be trained in the skills needed to be a real scientist. Strong mathematics and reasoning skills are therefore essential. As well as A level Chemistry, Biology is also well supported by Mathematics and, or, Physics.

 

 

  • Course units...

    UNIT 1: Biological molecules

    UNIT 2: Cells

    UNIT 3: Organisms exchange substances with their environment

    UNIT 4: Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

    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.

  • Course assessment...

    Assessment is 100% examination-based, with twelve standard experiments being assessed and awarded independently.

  • This course can lead to...

    It is recommended to study Biology with A level Chemistry to access most of the biological options at university; any biological science, chemistry, sport science or psychology at degree level, or any one of the medical professions.

  • Entry requirements...

    In addition to our Programme Entry Requirements, applicants must also meet specific Course Entry Requirements:

    Grade 6 in Maths and Grade 5 in English Language, Grade 6 in Core Science and Grade 7 in Additional Science; GCSE score of 5.5 or above (N.B. Applied Science not accepted)
    OR
    Grade 6 in Maths and grade 5 in English Language, Grade 7 in Core Science and Grade 6 in Additional Science; GCSE score of 5.5 or above (N.B. Applied Science not accepted)
    OR
    Grade 6 in Maths and Grade 5 in English Language, Grade 6 in Biology and Grade 6 in either Chemistry or Physics; GCSE score of 5.5 or above (N.B. Applied Science not accepted)

    Please refer to subject combinations below:

    Science and maths subjectcombinations:
    • Requirement to do Chemistry with either Physics or Biology
    • Requirement to do Physics with Maths
    • Preference to do Biology with Chemistry

  • Course highlights...

    1. A two day Biology residential stay at Juniper Hall in the Surrey Hills
    2. St George’s Hospital Healthcare Shadowing scheme
    3. Imperial College London Genetic workshop
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