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Sixth Form: Biology

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Course Title


Subject Leader

AQA Biology

Biology (Science)

Mr M Smith





Course Information

Assessment Outline

At the end of year 13 there are 3 exam papers, each lasting 2 hours.

Paper 1 – Units 1-4 only. Biological Molecules, Cells, Organisms exchange substances with their environment, and Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.

Paper 2 – Units 5-8 only. Energy transfers in and between organisms, Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments, Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems, and the control of gene expression.

Paper 3 – Synoptic assessment covering units 1-8, and the essay question as well.

10% of the overall assessment of A-level Biology will contain mathematical skills equivalent to Level 2 or above.

At least 15% of the overall assessment of A-level Biology will assess knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to practical work.


Assessment Objectives

The exams will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives.

AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures

AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures:

•• in a theoretical context

•• in a practical context

•• when handling qualitative data

•• when handling quantitative data

AO3: Analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and evidence, including in relation to issues, to:

•• make judgements and reach conclusions

•• develop and refine practical design and procedures.


Key Skills in this task

The Key Skills that Biology students commonly struggle with are firstly reading and interpreting information on a page, and secondly numeracy and handling numerical data correctly.


Bridging Task

Task Outline

To help you make the transition from GCSE to A level, please read the attached pages from ‘Head Start to A-Level Biology’ by CGP, and answer the questions at the bottom of each page.

This will give you an insight into the work you will cover over the next few weeks and also refresh your memory of many concepts and mathematical principles you will have learned at GCSE.

Bring your answers with you on your first day.

The task can be found here:


Marking Criteria / Assessment Method

Your work will be collected by your teacher in your first Biology lesson.

Expect a test on this work too!

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Associated Documents
PDF Document Biology Bridging Unit 2019

Biology Bridging Unit 2019

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