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Biology   

Exam board: AQA Biology

Why choose to study Biology?

Biology is the scientific study of life and it involves the investigation of living organisms and life processes. This is a journey of learning that takes us from biological molecules, through to how cells work and from individual organisms to populations and whole communities of animals and plants. A qualification in Biology equips you with skills: Literacy, Numeracy, social awareness, and an ability to make connections between natural, social, economic, political and technological fields. 

Linear Course outline:

Topic 1:  Biological molecules

Topic 2: Cells

Topic 3: Organisms exchange substances with their environment

Topic 4: Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

Topic 5: Energy transfers in and between organisms  

Topic 6: Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments  

Topic 7: Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems  

Topic 8: The control of gene expression  

 

Unit/Module

Description

Type of assessment

Weighting

Mock

Topic 1,2,3 and 4

Written exam

100%

Year 2 A Level

Unit/Module

Description

Type of assessment

Weighting

Paper 1

Topics 1 - 6

Written exam

33%

Paper 2

Topics 1,2,3,4,7 & 8

Written exam

33%

Paper 3

Topics 1 – 8 and pre-release material

Written exam

33%

 

Essential student qualifications/abilities:

Minimum BB in GCSE Science (Core and Additional) or in GCSE Biology and B in GCSE Maths

Desirable student qualifications/abilities:

A in GCSE Sciences, Maths and English

Higher education opportunities: Biological Sciences, Medicine, Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Genetics, Neuroscience

Career opportunities:

Biologists have many opportunities including the pharmaceutical industry,  clinical and health professions and conservation.

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