A Level Biology - Option A and C at Arthur Mellows Village College
If you are looking to discover more about the natural world, how our bodies work and the inner workings of the cell then A Level in Biology is the obvious choice. Studying Biology draws on your Chemistry, Physics and Maths knowledge to help you understand the life processes of single-celled organisms and complex ecosystems. A Biology A Level qualification will demonstrate your ability to recall facts, analyse data, manipulate laboratory equipment and apply your knowledge in order to discuss the problems faced by society today and in the future.
What will I be doing during the course?
You will cover a wide range of topics including cell structure, biochemistry, animal and plant physiology, ecology, health and disease and genetics. You will learn to plan and carry out scientific investigations, collecting accurate results and analyse data using graphical and statistical methods.
There are six modules:
• Module 1 - Development of practical skills. Although coursework is no longer part of the course, 12 practical tasks will be completed and assessed via the Practical Endorsement and written exams.
• Module 2 – Foundations in Biology; covering concepts such as cell structure, biochemistry and cell division.
• Module 3 – Exchange and Transport; covering the lungs and transport systems in animals and plants.
• Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease.
• Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy; covering the nervous and hormonal systems, photosynthesis, excretion and respiration.
• Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems.
What qualifications do I need to start?
You must pass GCSE Core and Additional Science at an overall Grade of AA or above, or Biology in the Triple Award at Grade A or above, plus at least one other Grade A from a Triple Science subject. We may consider AB or BB at the teacher’s discretion, based on performance and effort in classwork, homework and controlled assessment. You must have a GCSE Maths at Grade B or above to cope with this course. We will not accept BTEC Science or Additional Applied Science as an appropriate entry requirement for this course.
How will I be assessed?
You will sit 2 AS exams at the end of Year 12 however these do not count towards your final A Level grade. At the end Year 13 there will be 3 exams:
• Paper 1 assesses content from Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5 and is worth 37% of the final A Level grade.
• Paper 2 assesses content from Modules 1, 2, 4 and 6 and is worth 37% of the final A Level grade.
• Paper 3 assesses content from all Modules and is worth 26% of the final A Level grade.
There is also the ‘Practical endorsement in Biology’ which is reported as a Pass separately to the A Level qualification.
Where can it lead?
A good Grade in Biology A Level is a requirement for university courses in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and other medically related degrees. A Level Biology also provides a useful background to a wide variety of Higher Education courses.
You could go on to study: medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, pharmacology, pharmacy, chiropody, psychology, forensic science, archaeology, marine biology, biological science, ecology, sports studies, biochemistry, accountancy or even teacher training.
Biology is a science which fits in well with other A Level Sciences but can also be studied with other subjects such as Geography, Physical Education and Maths. In the past some students have successfully combined Arts subjects with a Biology course. Please check with the Biology staff when you are considering possible A Level combinations.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Arthur Mellows Village College directly.