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Biology A Level at Dame Alice Owen's School

Course description

Biology A-level goes into much more detail than you will have covered at GCSE. It will give you the skills to make connections and associations with all living things around you. Biology literally means the study of life and if that’s not important, what is? Being such a broad topic, you’re bound to find a specific area of interest, plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting degrees such as:

  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sport and exercise science
  • Medicine
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology and Pathology Pharmacology
  • Toxicology and Pharmacy

Course content

First year of A-level  

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

Second year of A-level

  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in Maths. Grades 7,6 in Combined Science GCSE or grade 6 in GCSE Biology. Those students with a 7,6 grade in Combined Science are expected to have achieved a grade 7 in the Biology components.

Assessment

Examination Board - AQA

Practicals

Biology, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including:

  • using microscopes to see cell division
  • dissection of animal and plant systems
  • aseptic technique to study microbial growth
  • investigating activity within cells
  • investigating animal behaviours

Exams

There are three exams at the end of the two years for A-level, all of which are two hours long. At least 15% of the marks for A-level Biology are based on what you learned in your practicals.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dame Alice Owen's School directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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