A-Level Biology

AQA Exam Board

Units 1-4 are taught in year 12 and can be used towards the AS Biology course. Units 5-8 are taught in year 13. Each unit will have a discrete end of unit test, plus an end of year 12-exam scheme, which will be marked in college by your teacher. These results will enable you and your teacher to assess where you are and what you need to do to improve throughout the course. External assessment by the examination board will take place at the end of year 13. As part of your assessment, your ability to conduct scientific investigations will be examined by your teacher throughout the course. CPAC lab books are kept as a record of this.

  • Course Units
    The core units that will be covered in this course are:
    • 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
  • Modules
    Assessment method

    Paper 1 

    What’s assessed 

    • Any content from topics 1-4, including relevant practical skills. 

    Assessed 

    • Written exam: 2 hours 
    • 91 marks 
    • 35% of A-level 

    Questions 

    76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions 

    15 marks: extended response questions 

    Paper 2 

    What’s assessed 

    • Any content from topics 5-8, including relevant practical skills 

    Assessed 

    • Written exam: 2 hours 
    • 91 marks 
    • 35% of A-level 

    Questions 

    76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions 

    15 marks: comprehension question 

    Paper 3 

    What’s assessed 

    • Any content from topics 1-8, including relevant practical skills 

    Assessed 

    • Written exam: 2 hours 
    • 78 marks 
    • 30% of A-level 

    Questions 

    38 marks: structured questions, including practical techniques 

    15 marks: critical analysis of given experimental data 

    25 marks: one essay from a choice of two titles 

  • Entry Criteria

    Grade 6 in Biology or Double Science at GCSE 

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