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Biology at Ashmole Academy

Course description

The AQA A-level Biology specification gives students a seamless transition from GCSE to university courses in Biology and Biology-related disciplines. It maintains students’ enthusiasm for Biology and develops their interest in the subject. The practical endorsement offers practical and investigative experience throughout the two years of study. You will study the concepts of biological molecules, cells, how organisms exchange substances with their environment and genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms during the first year.

In the second year, you will learn about energy transfers in and between organisms, how organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments, genetics, populations, evolutions and ecosystems and finally the control of gene expression. There is an emphasis on developing key practical skills and you will carry out a number of required practicals throughout the two years. On successful completion, you will gain a practical skills accreditation which is given alongside your grade. The accreditation does not affect your overall grade. In this linear A Level course, you will complete three examinations at the end of Year 13.

The first paper covers topics 1-4 and will also contain practical skills questions. The second paper covers topics 5 – 8, with the third paper covering content from topics 1-8 and relevant practical skills. The Biology specification places greater emphasis on mathematical content. At least 10% of marks in Biology assessments will require the use of mathematical skills.

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.

Assessment

Paper 1: 

2 hours 91 marks

(76 marks a mixture of long and short answer questions, 15 marks comprehension question). 35%

Paper 2:  2 hours 91 marks

(76 marks a mixture of long and short answer questions, 15 marks comprehension question). 35%

Paper 3:  

2 hours 78 marks

(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. 30%

Future opportunities

Biology opens the doors to a wide range of careers including: Doctor, Vet, Ecologist, Genetisist Researcher, Conservationist, Teacher.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashmole Academy directly.

Last updated date: 28 February 2018