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Biology A Level (level 3) at Wrotham School

Course description

This is a two year course which will result in a single A Level. This can be taken in a combination with other level 3 courses (including A level and vocational).

 

Course content

Topics covered:

  1. Biological molecules
  2. Cells
  3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  5. Energy transfers in and between organisms
  6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  8. The control of gene expression

Assessments

Paper 1 1

What's assessed

•• Any content from topics 1– 4, including relevant practical skills

Exam

•• written exam: 2 hours

•• 91 marks

•• 35% of A-level

Questions

•• 76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions

•• 15 marks: extended response questions

 

Paper 2

What's assessed

•• Any content from topics 5 – 8, including relevant practical skills

Exam structure

•• written exam: 2 hours

•• 91 marks

•• 35% of A-level

Questions

•• 76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions

•• 15 marks: comprehension question

 

Paper 3

What's assessed

•• Any content from topics 1– 8, including relevant practical skills

Exam structure

•• written exam: 2 hours

•• 78 marks

•• 30% of A-level

Questions

•• 38 marks: structured questions, including practical techniques

•• 15 marks: critical analysis of given experimental data

•• 25 marks: one essay from a choice of two titles

Entry requirements

6 in GCSE biology or 6 in science and 6 in additional science are required. In addition to this, grade 6 is preferred in English GCSE although grade 5 will be considered.  

Assessment

100% Examination

All students taking A level science will have to complete 12 required practicals in each science subject. Students will be assessed on a range of skills and competencies and will be awarded a pass or fail for these at the end of year 13. Whilst obtaining the practical endorsement will have no effect on the overall grade, universities have informed the exam boards that any student wishing to study science at university will need to pass the practical component of the course. The content and skills covered in the practicals will also be examined in the written papers and so students will need to make sure that they complete all required practicals.

Future opportunities

A Level permits entry into many top universities and other higher educational institutions.  Courses to consider are medicine, biochemistry, zoology, physiotherapy, nursing, dentistry, scientific research, conservation and teaching.

A Level biology is highly regarded by employers and can lead into many professions.     

 

Further information

As with any A level qualification, there is an increased demand for students to work independently. Students, therefore, must expect to study outside of lesson time and will be expected to work for approximately five hours a week outside of lessons in order to complete the work to A*-C grade standard.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 18 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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