Exam Board: AQA    Duration: 2 years    Entry Requirements: Grade 7-7 in Combined Science, or Grade 7 in GCSE Biology (and Grade 7 in another Science), Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics.

Reasons to study A Level Biology

Biology is a fascinating subject, the study of which will see you learn about the natural world and all the living things within it. Gaining an A Level in this subject opens up a vast range of opportunities for both university degrees and career options, many of which can take you all around the world.

Students choose Biology for a number of reasons – perhaps you have a specific career in mind that requires a Biology qualification or maybe you are simply interested in the human body, or in the natural world around us. Alongside in-depth knowledge of the biological world, biologists also develop skills and understanding of scientific methods, data analysis, observation, correlations and causal relationships. Given the group work that occurs throughout the course, students also develop good teamwork and communication skills

Course Outline – Year 12

Biological molecules: Monomers and polymers; Carbohydrates, lipids and proteins; Enzymes; DNA and RNA; DNA replication; ATP; Water; Inorganic ions.

Cells: Structure of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells; Microscopy; Differentiation; Cell transport; The immune system.

Organisms exchange substances with their environment: Surface area to volume ratio; Gas exchange; Digestion and absorption; Mass transport.

Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms: DNA genes and chromosomes; DNA and protein synthesis; Genetic diversity; Species and taxonomy; Biodiversity; Investigating biodiversity.

Course Outline – Year 13

Energy transfer in and between organisms: Photosynthesis; Respiration; Energy and ecosystems; Nutrient cycling.

Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment: Survival and response; Receptors; Control of heart rate; Synaptic transmission; Nerve impulses; Skeletal muscle; Homeostasis.

Genetics: Inheritance; Populations; Evolution; Populations and ecosystems.

Control of gene expression: DNA; Gene expression; Genome projects; Recombinant DNA technology; Genetic fingerprinting

Assessment Outline

Paper 1 (Topics 1-4) – 2 hours, 91 marks,
35% of A Level. 76 marks: mix of short and long answer questions, 15 marks: extended response.

Paper 2 (Topics 5-8) – 2 hours, 91 marks,
35% of A Level. 76 marks: mix of short and long answer questions, 15 marks: extended response

Paper 3 (Topics 1-8) – 2 hours, 78 marks,
30% of A Level. 38 marks: structured questions,
15 marks: critical analysis, 25 marks: essay.

12 required practical experiments will be completed during the course, and the skills will be teacher assessed. A portfolio of work is collated to receive a Practical Endorsement certificate. The content of these experiments will be examined in the terminal exams.

Progression Routes and Career Paths

    • Medicine and Dentistry
    • Veterinary Science
    • Biotechnology
    • Scientific Research
    • Optometry
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Environmental Research
    • Marine Biologist5
    • Science Journalism
    • Law (Patient / General)

The Romero’s Biology Department

A committed team of expert teachers who share their love of their subject with passion.

Opportunities for enrichment including involvement in the Romero’s Medics Programme, which provides focussed support for those interested in a career in medicine.

A team of teachers who at GCSE have, year on year, delivered some of the strongest outcomes in the country.

First class, Science labs fully equipped with specialist equipment to complete the full range of experimental techniques.

Members of the A Level delivery team have had extensive experience teaching A Level Biology and understanding of Biology in a wider context.

Further Information

For more information or if you have any questions about the A Level Biology course please contact:

Miss B Owen – Subject Leader for Science [email protected]
Mrs L Byrne – Leader Teacher for Key Stage 5 Biology [email protected]