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Biology A Level at Knole Academy

Course description

The AQA Biology specification has been designed to engage and inspire students by showing how an understanding of many contemporary issues require a grasp of fundamental biological ideas.

Topic 1: Biological molecules

Topic 2: Cells

Topic 3: Organisms exchange substances with their environment

Topic 4: Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

At the end of Year 1, students will complete 2 exam papaers. Each paper is1 hour 30 minutes and worth 50% of the AS qualification. All 4 topics are covered within both papers, including proactical and mathematical skills Paper 2.

Topic 5:  Energy transfers in and between organisms.

Topic 6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments.

Topic 7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems.

Topic 8  The control of gene expression.

2 hour externally assessed paper making up 35% of the A2 Level marks.

Paper 3

This paper will include questions on topics 1 - 8. This paper may draw on ideas from several topics and will also target conceptual and theoretical understandin of Biology.

2 hour externally assessed paper making up 30% of the A2 Level marks. Students will be required to write an essay within this paaper, worth a third of the overall marks for this paper.





Entry requirements

Five or more GCSE qualifications at grade C or above including grades BB in Science/Additional Science and English and Mathematics at grade 6 or above. Science GCSE's must have strong results (6 and above) in individual biology modules.

Future opportunities

Upon  successful completion of the 1 year qualification students may progress, subject to discussion with the course leader, on to the full 2 year qualification.

This qualification supports progression into further education, training or employment,  such as a Foundation Degree, Honours Degree, National Diploma in biology-related subjects or into training or apprenticeships.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us or ask your school or college careers staff.

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: 08 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years