Biology A Level (AQA) at Crawshaw Academy
1. Biological molecules
3. Organisms exchange substances
4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms (6 practical activities assessed as part of the examinations)
5. Energy transfers in and between organisms
Two examinations worth 50% each
6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
8. The control of gene expression
Topics 1-4, one exam, 35% of the final grade
Topics 5-8 one exam, 35% of the A level
Topics 1-8 one exam, 30% of the A level
12 practical activities assessed as part of the examinations
Students will study a broad range of biological topics, covered in the course description, so developing their understanding of scientific ideas and techniques. Students will also be required to carry out a minimum of 6 practical activities in the first year and a further six during the second year of the A level. In addition, students will have many opportunities to learn and use practical skills to link theory with practice, deepening their knowledge and understanding.
Practical skills will be assessed through examinations papers. Students will demonstrate their ability to be able to recall understanding from the entire A level course through synoptic assessment in the final examination paper
5 x 9-4 grades at GCSE, including 2 x grade 6 in Sciences and grade 5 in Maths.
Two examinations: worth 50% each
Three examinations: Paper one and two worth 35% each, paper three worth 30%.
Students will complete practical activities and be expected to apply knowledge and understanding in their written exams. Practical-based questions will form approximately 15% of the total assessment.
A-level Biology is a great choice for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, nursing and forensic science.
For further information on this course, check the A Level specification on the AQA website:
How to apply
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