A-level science qualifications build on the concepts and skills developed at GCSE, and focus on inspiring and relevant content that paves the way for the scientists of tomorrow.
Biology A level is a two year course that culminates in three papers. Paper 1 AS content and Practical Skills. Paper 2 A2 content and practical skills and Paper 3 is a synoptic paper which includes an essay from a choice of two. Practical work is a key component of the course and develops analytical and problem solving skills.
Students can progress from this qualification to:
• a range of different relevant academic or vocational higher education qualifications such as Medicine, Nursing and Physiotherapy, Biochemistry
This course follows the AQA A level syllabus
3.1 Biological molecules
3.3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment
3.4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
3.5 Energy transfers in and between organisms
3.6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
3.7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
3.8 The control of gene expression
The Biology A level specification lists a number of practical skills to be internally assessed by teachers. This assessment leads to a statement of “practical competency” which is reported alongside the grade on the final A level certificate. It is not necessary to obtain a statement of practical competency to obtain the qualification. However the practical skills are a requirement for entry into some degrees such as Medicine. These have to be arranged by the student and there is a possibility that they can be taken with IQPlus. We arrange a practical endorsement residency week for all candidates wishing to do them with IQPlus. The dates for the week vary but are usually around Easter. There will be additional costs incurred for the practical element.
There will be three papers which are externally assessed,
Paper 1 will assess any content from topics 1– 4, including relevant practical skills It is a 2 Hour written exam
• 91 marks
• 35% of A-level
Paper 2 will assess any content from topics 5–8, including relevant practical skills It is a 2 Hour written exam
• 91 marks
• 35% of A-level
Paper 3 will assess any content from topics 1–8, including relevant practical skills skills It is a 2 Hour written exam and includes an essay question worth 25 marks
• 78 marks
• 30% of A-level
The course fee does not include examination entry or Practical skills . You will have to arrange for examination entry with an accredited examination centre. IQPlus are an accredited centre and we can facilitate exams for students. Exam entry will incur additional fees. These can vary for each subject and different centres will have their own fee structure.
If you would like to sit your exams with IQPlus then please fill in the form here.
If you wish to take the practical competency there are exam centres who are able to provide this service. Speak to your student adviser who will be able to provide you with a list of exam centres who can help. There will be additional costs for the practical element. If you would like to sit your exams with IQPlus then please fill in the form here.