Biology – A Level

Specification

Exam Board: AQA

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Exam Board: AQA

Structure of Course:

Biology involves the study of a wide range of topics ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and microorganisms to mammoths. Many areas of biology are at the cutting edge of science with vital innovations occurring every year.

Biology is also a well-recognised and respected course and is identified as a key facilitating subject by the Russell Group of Elite Universities. It can lead students on to study many different types of Science course at university.

Practical Work

The Biology specification places an emphasis on practical work and you will find your skills improving throughout the year. Assessment of these practical skills will be through written questions in the exams and a practical endorsement that you work towards over the two years. This is assessed by your teacher through a range of CPAC (common practical assessment criteria). Universities will be looking to see that you have passed this practical endorsement.

There are twelve required practicals. Questions in the papers have been written with the expectation that students have carried out the twelve required practical activities. Other practical activities will also be conducted throughout the 2 year course. All 3 of the A-level Biology papers will include questions relevant to the practical work.

A-level grades will be based only on marks from written exams.  A separate endorsement of practical skills will be taken alongside the A-level. This will be assessed by teachers and will be based on direct observation of students’ competency in a range of skills.

Destinations:

Students from Tudor Grange Academy Kingshurst have gone on to study: Pure Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Sciences, Forensics and Medical related courses such as physiotherapy, medicine, dentistry and nursing.