Biology GCE AS/A level (AQA) at Abbey Grange Church of England Academy
The Biology course is suitable for anyone who is interested in the living world. It is a context led course, in which the fundamental concepts are linked to their applications and uses. The course complements Applied Science, Chemistry, Geography and P.E. but can equally well be studied in isolation.
The Biology course consists of eight units, or four if you decide to just complete an AS level. Many of the units build on topics that you will have already studied at GCSE level; for example unit two includes further development of the cell model. Other units will cover material that is new to you, such as in unit eight where you will look at how genes are controlled. You will study biochemistry in some detail, looking at the chemistry of the main food groups, as well as details of the processes of photosynthesis and respiration. You will look at the physiology of the nervous, endocrine and digestive systems and will learn about genetics and evolution. Homeostatic mechanisms will be explored in more detail than at GCSE and ecological relationships will be thoroughly examined.
Practical work forms an important part of the Biology A Level, with a practical endorsement available for those who provide sufficient evidence of their skills in this area. Assessment of the A level is through three exams, which include a mixture of short and long answer questions, data analysis, comprehension and an essay.
To access this course you will need to have studied an Additional Science GCSE or Biology GCSE two grade 6's in Science, grade 6 in Maths and grade 5 in English.
Assessment of the A Level is through three exams which include a mixture of short and long answer questions, data comprehension and an essay. In addition practical work forms an important part of the Biology A Level with a practical endorsement available for those who provide sufficient evidence of their skills in this area.
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