Biology

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics

What will you be working towards?

Code 60187529
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

  • The basic principles explored in the A Level Biology course can be summarised into the following statements;
  • All life on Earth exists as cells.
  • The internal environment of a cell or organism is different from its external environment.
  • Biodiversity is reflected in the vast number of species or organisms.
  • Life depends on continuous transfers of energy.
  • A stimulus is a change in the internal or external environment.
  • The theory of evolution underpins modern biology.
  • Cells are able to control their metabolic activities by regulating the transcription and translation of their genome.

Details

What will I learn at AS Level?

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression

How will it be delivered?

How will I be assessed at AS 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

Entry requirements

GCSE Combined Science or GCSE Biology: Level 6

GCSE Mathematics: Level 6

GCSE English:  Level 6

Your next steps...

People will always require healthy food, novel medicines, clean water, sensibly-produced crops and fuel that is carbon neutral.  Without a work-force well trained in the biological sciences, none of this will happen.

From treetops to ocean trenches, ecosystems to organ systems and dinosaurs to DNA - Biology is the study of life.  It's an exciting time to be a Biologist.  Biologists are working to solve the biggest challenges currently faced by people and the planet - fighting disease, protecting the environment and feeding our growing population.  You will find biologists working all over the world in almost every setting imaginable; in research laboratories, hospitals, offices, classrooms, factories, boats, airplanes, submarines, museums, jungles, deserts, forests, caves, treetops, cliffs, frozen tundra...