Biology A Level

 

A-Level Biology is a course with an innovative approach to biology dealing with current issues to motivate students. Topics studied include genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, human physiology, evolution and ecology. The theory is set in interesting contexts, with the ethical and social implications of the science discussed fully. Your will also complete a series of laboratory based experiments to develop your practical skills in biology. A-Level Biology is a linear course: students will complete three exam papers at the end of their two years of study.

 

Course Content

This is a linear A-Level course, taught over two years, with all the examinations completed at the end of the second year.

In the first year, three modules are studied comprising:

  • Module 2: Foundations in Biology

  • Module 3: Exchange and Transport

  • Module 4: Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease

In the second year, a further two modules are studied to complete the full A Level:

  • Module 5: Communication, Homeostasis and Energy

  • Module 6: Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems

Across both years, students will produce a portfolio of their practical work to fulfil the requirements of the Practical Endorsement in Biology. Necessary techniques are covered through: Module 1: Development of Practical Skills in Biology

At the end of the two years, students will take the following exams

  • Paper 01: Biological Processes - worth 37% of the final marks

  • Paper 02: Biological Diversity - worth 37% of the final marks

  • Paper 03: Unified Biology - worth 26% of the final marks

You will also be required to hand in your lab book to show that you have completed the laboratory practicals.

Entry Requirements

You must have achieved at least five GCSE at grades A*-C / 9-5, which must include GCSE English Language at a minimum of grade 5; GCSE Maths at a minimum of grade 6 and GCSE Biology/ Science at a minimum of grade 6. Your average GCSE score must be a minimum of 5.0. You would be expected to have a satisfactory reference from your last school.

International Entry Requirements

You will be expected to have an IELTS score of 5.5 or greater, High School Certificates must be the equivalent to five GCSE at grades A*-C / 9-5, which must include GCSE English Language at a minimum of grade 5; GCSE Maths at a minimum of grade 6 and GCSE Biology/ Science at a minimum of grade 6. (NARIC will be used to check equivalence).

Duration and Delivery

The A-Level qualification is a full time course achieved over a two year period. The year begins in September and runs through to the beginning of July. A-Levels can only be studied as part of the Full Time A-Level Course, studying three subjects over a two year period.

Progression

The majority of A-Level students will progress onto a Higher Education Degree at University.

Additional Information

Kingston College has specialist science laboratories for the study of biology. There is a textbook, which students may purchase if they wish; all students will need to purchase a lab coat. The exam board is OCR and the specification is GCE Biology A (H420).

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