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.

 

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 an average GCSE point score of 5.5. You will also need to have at least the following grades at GCSE; GCSE Mathematics at grade B / 5; GCSE English Language at grades C / 5; GCSE Biology at grade B / 5 at least two other GCSEs from our specified range of GCSE subjects at grades C / 5; and a satisfactory reference.

Duration and Delivery

The A Level qualification is a full time course achieved over a two year period with exams in May and June of the second year. The teaching year begins in September and runs through to the beginning of July. You will have 5 hours of lessons per week for this subject.

Progression

Good communication skills are essential to be successful in A Level Biology. An A Level in Biology is highly regarded by higher education institutions, and can lead to many rewarding career paths in the medical and life science areas.

Additional Information

Kingston College has well equipped laboratories for the study of biology, including up-to-date ILT supported by the College’s virtual learning environment, Moodle. 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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