Biology A Level at Blenheim High School
The AQA course content is split into 8 modules. The modules can be summarised as:
Module 1- Biological molecules
Module 2 - Cells
Module 3- Organisms exchange substances with their environment
Module 4- Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
Module 5- Energy transfers in and between organisms
Module 6 - Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
Module 7- Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
Module 8- The control of gene expression
The practical endorsement does not form part of the A level grade, but is reported separately. It is awarded based on completion of a minimum of 12 assessed practical activities carried out over the two years of the course.
The full A level is examined in 3 papers (weighted 35%, 35% and 30% respectively)
A level Biology is regarded as a rigorous and broad subject. It can used as a springboard for many careers. Studying A level Biology gives you all sorts of exciting career options, including biological research, ecological and environmental careers, marine conservation, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, pharmacology and teaching. The list is endless!
This year Year 13 students will take part in a field trip to Wales, where they will carry out identification of organisms and measuring biodiversity and distributions. This is a 3 day residential trip where revision for the exams will also take place.
We also ask A level students to take part in GCSE Biology lessons which provides excellent experience of explaining biological concepts to KS4 students. This helps tremendously in your own consolidation and knowledge.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Blenheim High School directly.