Biology A2 at The King Alfred School
A-Level Biology lasts 2 years, with exams at the end of the second year. The topics studied include:
- 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 expressiontween organisms.
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 or plant systems
Aseptic technique to study microbial growth
Investigating activity within cells
Investigating animal behaviours
Investigating distributions of species in the environment
These practicals will give you the skills and confidence needed to investigate the way living things behave and work. It will also ensure that if you choose to study a Biology-based subject at university, you’ll have the practical skills needed to carry out successful experiments in your degree.
A-level Biology builds on the work done in GCSE Science and Maths, so you’ll need good GCSE results from both. Written communication is also important and you’ll need to be a strong writer. If you’re interested in studying Biology after your GCSEs, ask your teacher about the qualifications you’ll need.
There are three exams at the end of the two years for A-level, all of which are two holurs 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 The King Alfred School directly.