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Have you ever wondered how the human body works or how the heart keeps beating over 100,000 times each day? How do we make more than one million red blood cells a second? What causes disease or just how does water move to the top of a ten metre tree?

BiologyAQA Biology (7402)

If you would like to study the physiology and cell structure of living organisms, anatomy, inheritance and much more, then A Level Biology is for you.

A world-changing subject

Biology is at the forefront of current scientific research, with medical advances, genetic manipulation and forensic techniques improving all the time. Our 6th Form course gives you the opportunity to study the ever increasing use of biology in today’s technological world.

Future ambitions

Biology is not exclusively for scientists and may be successfully combined with languages, humanities and creative arts. A Level Biology will be an advantage for anyone seeking a career in medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, psychology, physiotherapy or nursing as well as in biological subjects such as biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, food science, agriculture, environmental science and other sciences.

Beyond the classroom 

As part of the course fieldwork is carried out locally at our own nature reserve. We also provide the opportunity for students to extend their studies by participating in the Intermediate and British Biology Olympiads. Wherever possible we draw upon our unique connections in Cambridge to organise talks by eminent speakers and trips to local institutions.

 

components
 
  • 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
Assessment 

Three written papers

Paper 1: 2 hours; 91 marks; 35% of overall grade

Short answer, long answer and extended response questions covering topics 1- 4 (including relevant practical skills)

Paper 2: 2 hours; 91 marks; 35% of overall grade

Short answer, long answer and extended response questions covering topics 5 - 8 (including relevant practical skills)

Paper 3: 2 hours; 78 marks; 30% of overall grade

Structured questions, critical analysis of experimental data and one essay from a choice of two covering topics 1-8 (including relevant practical skills)

 

Practical endorsement

Performance in this component is reported as either a pass or ungraded.