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Upton Hall School

Inspiring Young People

Biology

Course Overview

If you are inquisitive about the natural world, you will love Biology! You will particularly enjoy this course if you are interested in all aspects of living organisms, how they work and how they interact with their environment. By studying Biology you will develop a logical approach to problem solving combined with practical applications in experiments, and learn about the way scientists work and their contributions to modern society. Students will also undertake fieldwork which supports the Ecology section of the course.

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement for studying A Level Biology is a grade 6 in GCSE Biology or grade 6-6 in GCSE Triology Science. There is a significant amount of mathematics involved in the new A Level Biology specification, including statistics, so a minimum of a grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics is highly recommended

A Level Topics and Assessment

  1. Biological Molecules
  2. Cells
  3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  4. Genetic information, variation and relationships with organisms
  5. Energy transfers in and between organisms
  6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  8. The control of gene expression

AQA Exam

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 3

Length

2 Hours

2 hours

2 Hours

Weighting

91 marks in

total 35% of A Level

91 marks in

total 35% of A Level

78 marks in

total 30% of A Level

Beyond the classroom and Future Prospects 

Students have the opportunity to participate in The Biology Olympiad competition, visit the Biological Science department of Manchester University and the University of Liverpool Christmas Science lectures. In addition, guest speakers are invited to school to deliver talks on relevant biological issues.

The top universities and employers are looking for a science A Level as an indication of analytical skills. A considerable number of students pursue higher education courses in medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, marine biology, biotechnology, pathology, toxicology, pharmacology, physiotherapy, environmental  science and forensics.

Student Experience

I am studying A level Biology to further pursue my love of science and deepen my knowledge and understanding of the human body.