- Make your own study schedule and take advantage of online tutoring hours
- Obtain a certified diploma once you finish the course.
The course is ideal for anyone wishing to gain a knowledge and understanding of this subject or for anyone who wishes to study at a higher level at University and gain UCAS points. You will also find this course extremely valuable if you are looking for a progression route for further training whilst employed.
Please note: A’ Levels are changing over the next few years, click here for more information.
This A’ Level Biology course forms part of the new linear qualifications. This means that students will sit exams for their particular qualification at the end of the completed course in the June series.
AS levels will become decoupled from A’ Levels; this means that they will both become entirely separate qualifications. You will no longer be able to carry forward your AS qualification to the A’ Level qualification and you will sit either AS or A’ Level exams.
A Level Course
Paper 1, written exam: 2 hours, 91 marks, 35% of A-level
Paper 2, written exam: 2 hours, 91 marks, 35% of A-level
Paper 3, written exam: 2 hours, 78 marks, 30% of A-level
This course covers the full AQA A Level Biology specification meaning you will not require any further study resources.Subject Content
- Biological molecules
- Organisms exchange substances with their environment
- Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
- Energy transfers in and between organisms
- Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
- Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
- The control of gene expression
- Paper 1 will cover content from topics 1-4
- Paper 2 will cover content from topics 5-8
- Paper 3 will cover content from topics 1-8
Practical assessments have been divided into those that can be assessed in written exams and those that can only be directly assessed whilst students are carrying out experiments.
A-level grades will be based only on marks from written exams.
A separate endorsement of practical skills will be taken alongside the A-level. 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.
N.B. The practical skills are separate to the overall A’ Level grade. So, if students do not gain the practical endorsement, they can still receive the A’ Level qualification at the end of the two years.
However, a number of Universities have already stated: if a student is going on to do a Science based degree, they would expect students to have a pass in the practical endorsement. You should check with the relevant University what their exact requirements are.