Biology

Science

BIOLOGY AS/A2

COURSE CONTENT

Unit 1
  • Biology and Disease
  • Heart and heart disease
  • Lungs and lung disease
  • Biochemistry and Immunity
Unit 2
  • The Variety of Living Organisms
  • DNA
  • Exchange and transport systems
  • Classification and Biodiversity
Unit 3
  • AS Investigative Skills Assessment
Unit 4
  • Populations and the Environment
  • Ecology
  • Respiration and photosynthesis
  • Genetics
Unit 5
  • Control in Cells and Organisms
  • Nervous system
  • Homeostasis
  • Forensic DNA technology
Unit 6
  • A2 Investigative Skills Assessment

EXAMINATION

  • AS Unit 1 – 1 hour 15 minute written examination
  • AS Unit 2 – 1 hour 30 minute written examination
  • AS Unit 3 – In class investigation and assessment
  • A2 Unit 4 – 1 hour 30 minute written examination
  • A2 Unit 5 – 2 hour 15 minute examination
  • A2 Unit 6 – In class investigation and assessment

Examination Board – AQA

WHO IS THIS COURSE SUITABLE FOR?

This course would be suitable for students who have achieved at least a grade B in Triple Science Biology or Additional Science and are interested to learn more about Biology at a greater depth, exploring the key impact the subject has on their health and the world around them.

WHAT IS THE COURSE STYLE?

This course is a highly regarded traditional style A Level, with an investigative skills component in each year in which students are expected to be able to work independently when faced with a novel practically based scenario.  It focuses primarily on Human Biology and the application of Biology in modern technologies such as forensics, immunity, cancer and disease.  The course is challenging, requiring and further developing a wide range of key transferable skills including mathematics and extended writing.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The course provides students with a wide range of progression options into employment or further study. Students who successfully complete the qualification will be well equipped to move onto degrees in related subjects including medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, pharmacy, nursing, pharmaceutical industry, medical journalism, environmental industry, education and other more diverse areas where it is well regarded such as law and accountancy.