What will I study in year 12?
Unit 1 – Biological Molecules Carbohydrate, lipid and protein structure. DNA structure. The role of water and ions.
Unit 2 – Cells Cell structure and function. Microscopy. Immune recognition and response.
Unit 3 – Organisms and Exchange Gas exchange. Digestion and absorption. Mass transport.
Unit 4 – Genes and Variation DNA, genes and chromosomes. Protein synthesis. Biodiversity and adaptations.
What will I study in Year 13?
Unit 5 – Energy Transfers of Organisms Photosynthesis and Respiration. Nutrient Cycles.
Unit 6 – Response to the Environment Nervous Control. Homeostasis.
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 1hour 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
Grade 6-6 at Combined Science or two 6 grades at triple science including a 6 in Chemistry. 6 in Maths.
Students will require this A level for courses such as medicine and veterinary.
It is also fundamental for biomedical science, forensics or pharmaceutical science. You may also require this course for physiotherapy, psychology based professions or to work in researching medical conditions such as cancer.
Biology A level is highly desirable across many fields of employment from accountancy and finance to chemical engineering.