Biology (new course 2015) aqa – as 7401



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Biology

(new course 2015)

AQA – AS 7401

A2 7402




What the Subject is About:

Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics that are related to living organisms and their environment. Students are encouraged to develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of biology and how they relate to each other. An appreciation of how society makes decisions about biology-related issues and how biology contributes to the success of the economy and society is a key element of the course. This specification builds upon the concepts and skills that will have been developed in the GCSE Science specification and aims to inspire students, nurture a passion for Biology and lay the groundwork for further study in courses like biological sciences and medicine.


How is the Subject Taught?

Through lectures, small group discussions, group presentations, ICT, problem solving and practical sessions. These approaches will enable students to develop a number of skills that are relevant to future successes. The scheme of assessment will not only enable students to show what they know and what they can do, but also allow for stretch and challenge for the most able students.


How the Subject is Assessed:

Through externally assessed written papers and internally assessed practical investigative and research skills. This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all the AS exams at the end of their AS course and all the A-level exams at the end of their A-level course. AS will be a “stand alone” qualification and AS marks will not contribute to the A-level. A-level grades will only be made up of the exam results that the students receive at the end of their A-level course. The content for AS and the first year of the A-level course is identical.



Unit Title & what is assessed

Assessment

Weighting

AS Level:

Paper 1: assessing content of the first 4 topics including relevant practical skills

Written exam: 1hour 30 minutes, made up of:

50% of AS mark
(75 marks)

Paper 2: assessing content of the first 4 topics including relevant practical skills

Written exam:1hour 30 minutes, made up of:

  • 65 marks of short answer questions

  • 10 marks of comprehension questions

50% of AS mark
(75 marks)


A2 Level:

Paper 1: assessing content of the first 4 topics including relevant practical skills

Written exam: 2 hours , made up of:

35% of A level mark.

(91 marks)



Paper 2: assessing content of the remaining 4 topics, including relevant practical skills

Written exam: 2 hours , made up of:

  • 76 marks of a mixture of short and long answer questions

  • 15 marks of extended response questions

35% of the total A level

(91 marks)



Paper 3: assessing content of all 8 topics, including relevant practical skills

Written exam: 2 hours, made up of:

30% of the total A level marks.

(78 marks)






What further opportunities are there after taking “Biology”?

A-level Biology is one of the most challenging but rewarding of subjects. It is recognised that successful candidates have demonstrated skills in recall, numeracy, literacy, practical, research and analytical skills. It is a stepping stone to future study and it provides students with access to a wealth of careers. Biology is desirable for many science based degree courses, including Biological sciences, Healthcare, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science. It may also be used for entry onto Arts degree courses, including Law. Many prominent companies value highly students who have followed Science subjects to ‘A’ and degree level.



For further information contact Mrs E Sheedy sheedye@st-augustines.worcs.sch.uk


What one of students thought….’Studying all the sciences is an enjoyable challenge and there are lots of crossovers between the three subjects. All 3 are interesting and vital for anyone considering a career in science’. Daniel plans to study Medicine at University


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