A Level Biology

Entry Guidance

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or better. No more than two applied courses can count towards this total and each applied course counted has the equivalence of only one GCSE, regardless of its nominal size. In addition, students must achieve the specific entry requirements which may apply to this course.

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Typical Syllabus Outline

Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Year 12

  • 3 units all examined by module test and coursework. Test dates are in January and June.
  • Module test will assess knowledge and understanding, application and analysis and, how science works. Coursework will involve the assessment of practical skills and an investigative skills assignment.

Advanced (A2) Year 13

  • 3 units, all examined by module test and coursework. Test dates are in January and June.
  • Module tests will assess knowledge and understanding, not only from the module being tested, but also any relevant biological principles from the whole of AS and A2, as well as application and analysis and how science works.
  • Coursework will involve practical work in the context of units 4 and 5; principles associated with the design of investigations; and skills of implementation, analysis and evaluation, including statistical analysis.

Assessment

Module tests will assess knowledge and understanding, Application and Analysis and, how science works.

Coursework will involve the assessment of practical skills and an investigative skills assignment. Successful completion will gain AS certificate, graded A-E and given UCAS tariff of half A level.

A2 Module tests will assess knowledge and understanding, not only from the module being tested, but also any relevant biological principles from the whole of AS and A2, as well as Application and Analysis and how science works.

Coursework will involve practical work in the contexts of Units 4 and 5; principles associated with the design of investigations; and skills of implementation, analysis and evaluation, including statistical analysis.

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