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Biology A Level at Kineton High School

Course description

Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular Biology to the study of ecosystems and from microorganisms to mammoths. Biology is never far from the headlines either...

The human genome has been sequenced and we know the complete arrangement of the three thousand million bases that make up human DNA. In Kenya, 350 people die every day from AIDS, and in South East Asia the skies are dark with smoke as the last Bornean rainforests are burned to grow oil palms. Biologists are concerned with all these issues. They work in the fields of cell biology, medicine, food production and ecology... and the work they do is vital to us all.

Course content

AS and first year of A Level
1. Biological molecules
2. Cells
3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment
4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

Second year of A Level
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

Entry requirements

In order to study Biology A Level you will need to achieve grade A or above in GCSE Additional Science. Students who achieve a high grade B will be considered if they achieve grade 7 or above in Mathematics.


AQA have developed their AS and A-Level with the GCSE in mind to ensure seamless progressions between qualifications, with continuity of content and question type. They have also worked with universities to ensure that you will develop the skills and knowledge that universities want to see.

- All exams are at the end of the course.
- The AS is a stand alone qualification, which doesn’t contribute to the A Level grade.
- New assessment objectives.
- The minimum total number of hours for exams is 3 hours for AS and 6 hours for A Level.
- 10% of the total A Level marks require the use of Level 2 (higher tier GCSE) mathematical skills.
- There will be no internal assessment, in other words no coursework or controlled assessment.
- Practical work will be assessed in written papers. 15% of the total A Level marks will be for practical.
- A separate ‘endorsement’ of practical work will be assessed by teachers. This will not be graded. If students pass, it will be reported on their certificate, otherwise it will not be reported.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kineton High School directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2017
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