KS5 GCE Biology

The AQA course is approved by the QCA. The study of Biology at Biddenham provides an academic, practical and broad experience of one of the most relevant and exciting areas in the Sciences.  With a broad range of topics in the subject, GCE Biology provides many natural links to other subjects providing an extremely useful and supportive basis for them. Subjects commonly taken with Biology include Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Health and Social Studies, Mathematics, PE and Geography, although many other subjects have been studied with Biology at Biddenham such as History, Art and English. The GCE runs over two years.

What will I learn?

Students will study:

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange of substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms responses to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Genetics, populations evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression

How will I be assessed?

A Level Examination 7402

There are three 2 hour exams. The first assesses content from the first year topics as well as practical skills and contributes 35% to the A level. The second exam also contributes 35% to the A level and assesses content from the second year topics as well as practical skills. The final exam assesses content from the two years and practical skills and contributes 30% to the A level. 10% of the total A-level marks require the use of Level 2 (Higher tier GCSE) mathematical skills.

Students will also be assessed on their practical skills throughout the two year course and will be awarded a pass or a fail based on their competencies. Whilst this does not make up part of their A level, they will be assessed on their practical knowledge and understanding in the written exams and a pass would be necessary to demonstrate skills for scientific courses at university.

What are the entry requirements?

  • English GCSE at grade 5 or above
  • Maths GCSE at grade 6 or above
  • Combined Science GCSE OR Biology GCSE at grade 6 or above.

What are the costs?

It is advised that you purchase a text book and/or revision guide, we will offer deals on the suggested book.  A scientific calculator is a must (if you do not already own one).

Future opportunities

The Biology Department has had an excellent progression history with students going on to University studies and vocational courses. Medical students, biochemists and many other biology-related professions have been followed after A level.

Additional information

Homework – this forms a major part of any subject at GCE A level. Research and independent study is a major component of the Biology course and prepares the student for study at University level.

Who should I contact for additional information?

Course contact:  sally.mcgrath@biddenham.beds.sch.uk

Exam board information: AQA