Head of Department
Mr A Williams
Overview of the course
AQA Biology AS/A Level – The course takes students into the molecular detail of biological substances and processes such as Photosynthesis, how your body turns DNA code into proteins like enzymes and how these enzymes work. The course also takes a wider view of processes such as ecological development and speciation. A full course summary can be found at http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402/specification-at-a-glance
What will I study in Year 12?
Unit 1 – Biological Molecules
Carbohydrate, lipid and protein structure.
The role of water and ions.
Unit 2 – Cells
Cell structure and function.
Immune recognition and response.
Unit 3 – Organisms and Exchange
Digestion and absorption.
Unit 4 – Genes and Variation
DNA, genes and chromosomes.
Biodiversity and adaptations.
What will I study in Year 13?
Unit 5 – Energy Transfers of Organisms
Photosynthesis and Respiration.
Unit 6 – Response to the Environment
Unit 7– Genetics and Evolution
Inheritance and evolution.
Speciation and Ecosystems.
Unit 8—Control of Gene Expression
Mutations, Cancer and Gene Therapy
AS Assessment: Two written papers
Paper 1 – Any content from units 1-4 (75 marks)
Paper 2 – Any content from units 1-4 (75 marks)
Each 1 hour and 30 minutes long and is worth 50% of the AS
A2 Assessment: Three written papers
Paper 1—Content from Units 1-4 (91 marks) 35% of A level
Paper 2—Content from units 5-8 (91 marks) 35% of A level
Paper 3—Content from units 1-8 (78 marks) 30% of A level
Possible Career Paths
Students will require this A-level for courses such as medicine and veterinary. It is also fundamental for biomedical science, forensics or pharmaceutical science. The skills obtained are extremely favourable to employers if students wish to pursue employment following A levels across a wide range of industries including animal care.