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A-Level Biology

Specification/Exam Board:  CCEA

Criteria for Entry:

Grade B or above in one of the following subjects (including Grade B in Year 12 Biology Module):

  • GCSE Biology
  • GCSE Additional Science
  • GCSE Double Award Science
  • GCSE Triple Award Science

The aims of the course are:

  • Develop their interest in and enthusiasm for biology, including developing an interest in further study and careers in the subject;
  • Develop and draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and understanding of different aspects of the subject;
  • Develop competence and confidence in a number of skills, including independent learning, creative thinking, practical, mathematical and problem-solving;
  • Carry out practical tasks and present their findings in different formats;
  • Develop an appreciation and understanding of scientific methods; and
  • Appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

Summary of Course Content

AS LevelA2 Level
Unit 1: Molecules and CellsUnit 1: Physiology, Co-ordination and Control and Ecosystems
Unit 2: Organisms and BiodiversityUnit 2: Biochemistry, Genetics and Evolutionary Trends
Unit 3: Assessment of Practical SkillsUnit 3: Assessment of Practical Skills

Summary of Assessment

The AS and A2 level courses provide a very solid foundation for study at a higher level in a range of scientific areas and/or to careers in the following areas: Forensic Science, Education, Research and Development, Healthcare Professionals, Environmental Studies.

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