A level Biology covers the following topics:
Transport in animals
Transport in plants
Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system
Classification and evolution
Communication and homeostasis
Excretion as an example of homeostatic control
Plant and animal responses
Patterns of inheritance
Cloning and biotechnology
Populations and sustainability
At least grade 6 in Combined Science or in Chemistry and Biology if you have taken triple science. At least grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics GCSEs. As well as having a scientific and inquiring mind, you should be interested in some of the social
and ethical issues associated with new advances in biological science and prepared to do a significant amount of wider reading as well as homework assignments.
A series of practical activities, the ‘practical endorsement’, is teacher assessed throughout the two years. It does not contribute to the final grade but the outcome does appear on your results certificate and may form part of a university offer. Practical
skills are also tested within question papers.
10% of the assessment will now test mathematical skills. This will include calculations of magnification, statistical tests, percentage calculations, dilutions, measures of diversity, converting between units, and other mathematical skills in the context
There will be 3 exams at the end of the A level and these will total 6 hours of assessment. There will be one‘ synoptic ’ paper covering key ideas from the 2 year course. Each paper will assess mathematical skills and will include a variety of question
styles including some multiple choice questions and some essay style extended responses.