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Welcome to A level Biology. Here are some resources to get you started and some tasks for you to complete for your first Biology lesson in Year 12. You will be studying AQA Biology – specification reference 7402. We will be starting with Units 1 and 2.

The website for Biology is https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402

It’s really useful to have a copy of the specification in your folder if you are able to print one off. https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/biology/specifications/AQA-7401-7402-SP-2015.PDF

Miss Chadwick

  1. Biology KS5 Wider Reading
    PDF File

Biological Science Review

This magazine is written to support students studying Biology A Level. It is full of interesting articles and we encourage you to read it by incorporating specific articles into our student workbooks. It is also available in the library. Here is a link to some additional articles. https://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/magazines/magazines-extras/biological-sciences-review-extras


The Biologist

You have access to the Biologist (and 9 other magazines) by following these instructions:

1. Visit the log in page: https://exacteditions.com/login

2. Select the “library card” option in the top right-hand corner.

3. Enter your six-digit code (717164) into the “card number” bar and log in.


CGP - A Headstart to A Level Biology

This book explores some of the topics covered at GCSE and A level



CGP  - A level Revision Guide

This is equivalent to the revision guide you used at GCSE. Please do not feel that you need to go out and buy this – we will be offering an opportunity for you to buy it through school using preferential rates.



Reading List

Please see the attachment in the Related Document section below for the Biology KS5 reading list.

BBC - Science and Environment Section https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science_and_environment

TED Talks cover some fascinating topics


New Scientist – a weekly Science magazine


Biology Mad is a handy revision site http://www.biologymad.com/master.html?http://www.biologymad.com/usefulwebsites/usefulwebsites.htm

Amoeba Sisters Videos – easy to follow videos on A level Biology topics


ALL students need to complete the following three tasks. Please print off and hand in to be marked. Remember to put your name on each piece of paper:

1.Research a current scientific news story (try to avoid the obvious one if you can!) and create an A4 poster. You must:

•present your work in your own words

•avoid using too much text

•illustrate using pictures/diagrams

•be prepared to present your poster to your peers during your first lesson.


2.Use the AQA Transition guide for Biology. There is a general introduction followed by activities. Please complete all the activity questions (these start on P9). https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/biology/AQA-7401-7402-TG.PDF


3.10% of the marks for A level Biology will assess mathematical skills at higher tier GCSE level. https://www.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/as-and-a-level/teach/maths-skills-briefings Use the powerpoints and notes to complete to complete the work sheets on Units and Standard Form only.