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Biology A Level at Cedars Upper School

Course description

The A level course consists of Units 1 – 8 over two years.


There are 6 compulsory practicals in each year, which are examined in the written papers at the end of the course.

Course content

1. Biological molecules
2. Cells
3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment
4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
5. Energy transfers in and between organisms
6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
8. The control of gene expression

Entry requirements

Students need grade 6-6 in Biology GCSE, or 6-6 in Core & Additional Science, to take this course.

Assessment

A Level
Paper 1 • Any content from topics 1–4, including relevant practical skills
• Written exam: 2 hours • 91 marks • 35% of A-level
• 76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions
• 15 marks: extended response questions
Paper 2 • Any content from topics 5–8, including relevant practical skills
• Written exam: 2 hours • 91 marks • 35% of A-level
• 76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions
• 15 marks: comprehension question
Paper 3 • Any content from topics 1–8, including relevant practical skills
• Written exam: 2 hours • 78 marks • 30% of A-level
• 38 marks: structured questions, including practical techniques
• 15 marks: critical analysis of given experimental data
• 25 marks: one essay from a choice of two titles
Non-examined Practical Endorsement, on completion of compulsory practicals (No Controlled Assessments) – reported separately.

Financial information

Field Course in Year 13 (Optional but highly recommended) approx. £230

Future opportunities

Biology can lead to: working in laboratory research/testing; fieldwork for a variety of government agencies or private companies; conservation; education; health, medical and sports.

Further information

This course involves a fair amount of Biochemistry, so candidates need to be good all round scientists at GCSE. Mathematics skills will also be used in this subject.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cedars Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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