About the course
Biology is an exciting area of study at the moment with a growing interest and focus on genetic engineering, gene technology, stem cell research, the human genome, medicine and environmental issues, there has never been a more exciting time to become a Biologist and the AQA course in Biology offers an excellent way in. The new specification has resulted in a slimmed down assessment structure that takes on board the changes already brought in at GCSE for Science
The AQA specification for AS Biology will cover the following topics.
- Biological molecules
- Exchange of substances
- Genetic information and variation
The AQA specification for A2 Biology will in addition to the areas covered in AS cover the following topics.
- Energy transfers
- Responding to stimuli
- Population genetics and evolution
- The control of gene expression
How will it be assessed?
The above content together with the content covered in AS will be examined by 3 x 2 hour exams.
You will also have to complete 12 assessed practical tasks throughout the course.
What is expected of you:
You will be expected to attend all lessons and complete all tasks on time. You must have a good understanding of GCSE Maths and Chemistry as you will be expected to carry out calculations. There is also a major emphasis on Biochemistry in all modules. You should be organised and able to manage your time affectively.
What it prepares you for:
- Veterinary science
- Forensic science
AQA AS/A2 Biology
Specification code: 7401 7402
QAN code: 601/4624/2; 601/4625/4
At least 5 GCSE grades at 5-9
Students who wish to take Biology at A-level need to achieve grades 7 - 9 at GCSE Biology.
For more information:
If you are an internal applicant, please talk to your biology teacher about the possibility of studying biology in the sixth form. Or you may choose to talk to Mrs K Weston (Senior Lead:Science)
If you are an external applicant and would like more details about this course please email firstname.lastname@example.org