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Biology - AS/A2 Level at St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy

Course description

It is possible to take either AS Biology as a qualification in its own right; or after 1 year follow up your AS with a year of A2 this will make it up to a full A-Level following the AQA Biology course.

Course content

The AS course consists of 4 units:

Unit 1 – Biology Molecules

 

Unit 2 – Cells

Unit 3 – Organisms exchange substances with their environment.

 

Unit 4 – Genetic Information, variation and relationships between organisms.

You will also complete a practical skills lab book related to these units.

The A2 course consists of 4 units:

Unit 5 – Energy transfers in and between organisms.

 

Unit 6 – Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment.

Unit 7 – Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems.

Unit 8 – The control of gene expression.

 

You will complete a practical skills lab book related to all units. There are twelve required practicals: six from AS and six from A2. A Level exams cover content from year 1 & 2 at a higher level.

 

Entry requirements

If you enjoy Biology, have a curiosity about the living world, and want to contribute to its understanding and survival, then AS or A-level Biology could be for you. Entry on the AS course requires a Grade B in Biology or B in core and additional science: Grade 6 in maths GCSE is also preferred.

Assessment

AS Assessment

Paper 1 & 2

They include content from topics 1-4, including relevant practical skills, you then have 2 - 1 hour 30 minute written exams which are worth 75 marks each and are both worth 50% of the AS. The marks are split as follows – 65 marks: short answer questions and 10 marks: comprehension questions in both papers.

A Level Assessment

Papers 1

What’s assessed – Any content from topics 1-4, including relevant practical skills.

Exam – Written exam of 2 hours with 91 marks and 35% of A Level.

Questions – 76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions and 15 marks: extended response questions.

Paper 2

What’s assessed – Any content from topics 5-8, including relevant practical skills.

Exam – Written exam of 2 hours with 91 marks and 35% of A Level.

Questions – 76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions and 15 marks: comprehension question.

Paper 3

What’s assessed – Any content from topics 1-8, including relevant practical skills.

Exam – Written exam of 2 hours with 78 marks and 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.

Future opportunities

PROGRESSION

An A-level in Biology is a very useful academic qualification. It is a requirement for entry into most medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy, biochemistry, environmental science, agriculture, microbiology, nursing, forensic science, genetics, food technology, and other related science departments in Universities and Colleges. It can also be used to support entry into non-scientific degree courses such as Geography, Economics and Law. Young people now thinking about studying Biology will spend most of their working lives in the 21st Century. It is likely that their careers will be flexible and involve several changes of direction. Career opportunities for people with qualifications in a biological field are very broad and diverse. Opportunities exist in three main areas:

  1. Production-related: pharmaceutical, agricultural, biotechnological, health care and clinical, chemical, brewing and food industries
  2. Knowledge-related: science research, medical research, teaching and forensic science
  3. Service related:, publishing, civil service, scientific equipment, hospitals & clinical, information management, and the media.

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: 30 November 2017
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