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Biology A Level (AQA) at Crawshaw Academy

Course description


1. Biological molecules

2. Cells

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


Course content

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

Entry requirements

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. 

Financial information


Future opportunities

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. 

Further information

For further information on this course, check the A Level specification on the AQA website:

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: 16 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years