A-Level Biology

What Will I learn?

Unit TitleDescriptionA Level Unit TitleDescription
Biological MoleculesCarbohydrates
Nucleic Acids & DNA
Energy transfers in and between organismsPhotosynthesis
Nutrient Cycles
CellsCell structure & microscopy
Cell membranes & transport
Immune system
Responding to changesNerve function
Hormone action
Controlling internal conditions
Exchange of substances with the environmentGas exchange
Digestion & absorption
Circulation in plants & animals
Populations, evolution and ecosystemsPopulation sampling
Changes in population
Natural selection
GeneticsGenes & chromosomes
Genetic diversity & mutation
The control of gene expressionMutations
DNA technology
Medical genetics & genetic disorders

How Am I Assessed?

Unit TitleDescriptionAssessment/Weighting
Content from Modules 1 to 4 short and longer answer questions2 hours written exam 35%
Structured questions and extended response questions, covering theory and practical skills. Assesses content from modules 5-82 hours written exam 35%
Structured questions and extended response questions, covering theory and practical skills, essay question. Assesses content from modules 1 to 82 hours written exam 30%
Non-exam assessment – Practical endorsement for biologyCandidates complete a minimum of 12 practical activities to demonstrate competence. Performance is then reported separately to the A Level grade.Non-exam, Reported separately

What Career Options Do I Have?

You may have already made up your mind as to the career path you wish to follow, or you may still be
undecided. Possibly you have chosen two or three subjects for next year but are unsure on which others
to take. Biology is directly relevant in careers such as Health, Medicine, Working with Animals, Caring for
People, Scientific research, Genetics, Forensic Science etc.
Biology is indirectly relevant and valued by employers in many other fields. Many employers believe that
the best candidates have a broad background of academic subjects. If you are considering further study
after Sixth Form, at College or University, then there are a variety of Biological options including
Microbiology, Zoology, Botany and degrees in other subjects that appreciate the value of a diverse
academic background.

Examination Board: AQA