biology

AS and A2 Biology

Exam Board
AQA
Entry requirements
GCSE Grade B in either; Additional Science, Further Additional or Biology. AND grade B attainment with higher tier entry for any GCSE Biology unit examinations. (or 9 - 1 equivalents)
What will I study?
Core Units
1 Biological molecules
2 Cells
3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment
4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
5 Energy transfers in and between organisms (A2 level only)
6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments (A2 level only)
7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A2 level only)
8 The control of gene expression (A2 level only)
Assessment
AS Biology
Papers 1 & 2 - Any content from topics 1–4, including relevant practical skills. 1 hour 30 minutes each in length Each paper has 75 marks Each paper worth 50% of AS
A2 Biology
Paper 1 - Any content from topics 1–4, including relevant practical skills. Written exam: 2 hours, 91 marks - 35% of A-level
Paper 2 - Any content from topics 5–8, including relevant practical skills. Written exam: 2 hours 91 marks - 35% of A-level 
Paper 3 - Any content from topics 1–8, including relevant practical skills. Written exam: 2 hours 78 marks - 30% of A-Level

The accessible assessments allow students of various abilities to shine. Practical skills gained throughout the course via Core Practical completion are assessed within the examinations. There is
a choice of two essay questions in the A2 examination paper, giving students more opportunities to bring together knowledge of the whole specification.

What skills will I gain?
A-level Biology is a challenging, rewarding course that helps students develop skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career. A-level Biology builds on the concepts and investigation skills developed in the GCSE and it is particularly suitable for students who have the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE Additional Science course or equivalent.
Future pathways
Students who study A-level Biology may go on to a Biology-related degree course or secure employment in a variety of fields including;
Marine biology; Biochemistry;  Microbiology; Medical sciences; Molecular Biology; Bacteriology; Virology; Pharmacology; Anatomy; Neurosciences; Cell Biology; Physiology; Oncology; Genetics; Immunology; Veterinary sciences; Physiology; Embryology; Kinesiology; Forensics; Bioinformatics; Virology Systems; Biology; Environmental sciences.