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Biology A2 at Grange Technology College

Course description

If you

  • Have an enthusiasm for biology?
  • Wish to develop your practical skills alongside understanding of concepts and principles?
  • Want appropriate and relevant foundation of knowledge and skills for the study of biology in Higher Education?

Then this is the course for you!

At A2, we continue with the approach taken at AS. The content is taught in a way that lets you make well grounded opinions about latest developments in the scientific world. Whilst studying Populations and Environment and Control in Cells and in Organisms gives you the knowledge base to take a biologically related career path.

Course content

At A2, this specification continues the approach taken at AS.

A2 is made up of 3 units. Eachunit has the following assessment objectives:

AO1 - Knowledge and understanding
Candidates should be able to recall and show understanding of scientific knowledge, organise and communicate information in a variety of ways.

AO2 - Application and analysis
Candidates should be able to analyse and evaluate scientific knowledge and apply it to unfamiliar situations.

AO3 - How Science Works
Candidates should be able to demonstrate and describe practical techniques and processes. They should be able to record observations and measurements with appropriate precision and analyse, interpret, explain and evaluate the methodology, results and impact of their own and others experimental and investigative activities.

The three units are detailed below:

Unit 4: Populations and Environment

In this unit you will learn:

  • How living organisms form ecosystems through which energy is transferred and chemical elements cycled.
  • How human activity affects ecological balance in a variety of ways
  • How genetic variation and isolation may lead to the formation of new species

Unit 5: Control in Cells and in Organisms

In this unit you will learn:

  • Stimulus and responses - the biology of the nervous and endocrine systems
  • Homeostasis and the maintenance of a constant internal environment
  • Genes and genetic expression

Unit 6: Practical and Investigative Skills

In this unit you will learn:

Practical work in the contexts of Units 4 and 5 Assessment of implementing skills on practical work as a whole Assessment by AQA-set tasks, to reduce the burden on teachers and students.

Entry requirements

Successful Completion of AS  GCE Biology (2410 )


A2 Biology and Human Biology

50% of the marks for your A2 grade are carried forward from your AS level marks.

Refer to the AS level assessment information.

Unit 4 - BIOL4 Populations and Environment

1 hour 30 minutes

Examination Paper

6-9 short answer questions plus

2 longer questions involving continuous prose and How Science Works

Unit 5 - BIOL5 Control in Cells and Organisms

2 hours 15 minutes

Examination paper

8-110 short answer questions plus

2 longer questions (a data-handling question and a synoptic essay)

23.3% of the total A Level marks available in June only

Unit 6 - Internal Assessment Investigative and practical skills in A2 Biology


BIOL6T , Centre Marked Route T

Practical Skills Assessment

Investigative Skills Assessment


BIOL6X , Externally Marked Route X

Practical Skills Verification

Externally Marked Practical Assignment

10% of the total A Level marks available in June only.

Future opportunities

Biology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, zoology, marine biology or forensic science. Others go on to careers in law, computing, accounting or teaching. So, whatever field you will eventually work in, you will find biology a very rewarding and challenging course which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career.

Further information

Many students go on to study biology related courses at University.

For further information contact Ms A Dubickas, Director of Area - Science or Mrs G McFadden, Subject Leader - Science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Grange Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year