- Which exam specification do we study?
You may do a 1-year AS qualification or a 2-year A-level.
- What does the course consist of?
There are six units in the full A-level: three for AS in year 13 and three for A2 in year 14. The units are:
Unit 1. Biology and Disease
Unit 2. The variety of Living Organisms
Unit 3. AS Investigative and Practical Skills
Unit 4. Populations and Environment
Unit 5. Control in Cells and in Organisms
Unit 6. A2 Investigative and Practical Skills
How many exams are there?
- In each year there are 3 exams (1 for each unit).
Unit 2 1h 45min exam
Unit 3 AS ISA (Controlled Assessment)
Unit 4 1h 30min exam
Unit 5 2h 15min exam
Unit 6 A2 ISA
The exams mostly consist of short answer questions, but there are longer essay and data interpretation questions in year 14. The AS grade is based on the average mark for the three exams in year 13, and the full A-level grade is based on the average mark for all six exams.
- What Are The Entry Requirements?
- Do I need to be good at any other subjects to study Biology?
- Where Do AS and A-Level Biology Lead?