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Biology A Level - AQA at The Sixth Form at Cornwallis Academy

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What will I study in year 12?

Unit 1 – Biological Molecules

  1. lipid and protein structure. DNA structure. The role of water and ions.

Unit 2 – Cells

  1. structure and function. Microscopy.

Immune recognition and response.

Unit 3 – Organisms and Exchange

  1. exchange.
  1. and absorption. Mass transport.

Unit 4 – Genes and Variation

  1. genes and chromosomes. Protein synthesis. Biodiversity and adaptations.

AS Assessment: Two written papers

Paper 1 – Any content from units 1-4 (75 marks)

Paper 2 – Any content from units 1-4 (75 marks)

Each 1hour and 30 minutes long and is worth 50% of the AS


What will I study in Year 13?

Unit 5 – Energy Transfers of Organisms

  1. and Respiration.

Nutrient Cycles.

Unit 6 – Response to the Environment

  1. Control.


  1. 7– Genetics and Evolution Inheritance and evolution.

Speciation and Ecosystems.

Unit 8—Control of Gene Expression

Mutations, Cancer and Gene Therapy

A2 Assessment: Three written papers

Paper 1—Content from Units 1-4 (91 marks) 35% of A level

Paper 2—Content from units 5-8 (91 marks) 35% of A level

Paper 3—Content from units 1-8 (78 marks) 30% of A level


Entry requirements

Grade 6 - 6 at Additional Science or two 6 grades at triple science one of which must be Biology PLUS minimum grade 6 in GCSE Maths



Future opportunities

Students will require this A level for courses such as medicine and veterinary. It is also fundamental for biomedical science, forensics or pharmaceutical science. The skills obtained are extremely favorable to employers if students wish to pursue employment following A levels across a wide range of industries including animal care.

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 06 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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