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  • A-Level Biology (Last Exam 2016)

    A Level Biology is invaluable for those wanting to pursue medicine, sciences or any other related subject at university level. Biology is a fascinating subject and explores the very fundamental building blocks of life. This A Level is also an excellent choice for anyone interested in the subject who would like to explore it in more depth and gain an internationally recognised qualification.

    • Course Description

      A Level Biology

      Course code: HSAL18

      Delivery method: Paper based pack

      Course duration: 12 Months

      Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

      Award achieved: AQA A-Level Biology

      Awarding body: AQA

      A Level Biology is invaluable for those wanting to pursue medicine, sciences or any other related subject at university level. Biology is a fascinating subject and explores the very fundamental building blocks of life. This A Level is also an excellent choice for anyone interested in the subject, who would like to explore it in more depth and gain an internationally recognised qualification.

    • Biology course overview

      This course gives the student the opportunity for deep and varied study of the subject, including topics like populations and the environment, control in cells and organisms, the variety of living organisms and biology and disease. Upon successful completion of the exam and practical assessments (as administered by AQA), you will have achieved an internationally recognised AQA A level Biology qualification.

      Skills gained

      • A passion for biology and how it fits into our understanding of life.
      • A solid foundation in the subject which will provide the building blocks for study at higher levels.
      • The practical skills necessary to tackle the subject as well as concepts and principles.

      Course outline

      This course is divided into 6 units:

      AS Level

      Unit 1: BIOL1 Biology and disease Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes

      Unit 2: BIOL2 The variety of living organisms Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes

      Unit 3: BIOL3 Practical Assessment: Investigative and practical skills in AS Biology

      A2 Level

      Unit 4: BIOL4 Populations and environment Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

      Unit 5: BIOL5 Control in cells and in organisms Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes

      Unit 6: BIOL6 Practical Assessment: Investigative and practical skills in A2 Biology

      Course content

      Unit 1:

      Biology and disease

      Unit 2:

      The variety of living organisms

      Unit 3:

      Investigative and practical skills in AS Biology

      Unit 4:

      Populations and environment

      Unit 5:

      Control in cells and in organisms

      Unit 6:

      Investigative and practical skills in A2 Biology

      How Science Works:

      How Science Works is an additional subject studied in A Level Biology. It is a set of concepts that will help you understand how scientists investigate scientific phenomena and how they use this to explain the world around us. It will also give you an idea about how concepts are formed how these are tested and then validated.

      Recommended reading

      AS Biology for AQA

      Michael Kent, Oxford University Press

      ISBN: 978-0748782758

      AQA AS Biology

      Glenn Toole and Susan Toole, Nelson Thornes

      ISBN: 978-0748784758

      AQA A2 Biology

      Glenn Toole and Susan Toole, Nelson Thornes

      ISBN: 978-0748798131

      Assessment

      The AQA A Level Biology qualification is gained once all 4 exam papers and 3 practical assessments are successfully completed. The first two exams and one practical assessment make up the AS Level, the second two and practical assessment comprise the A2 Level and together they form the A Level.

      These exams are administered by the AQA and assessment centre details will be included with your course, as well as practice papers so that you are more than prepared for your assessments. In addition, there will be a number of tutor marked assessments (TMAs) to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the course materials, with the tutor sending comments to guide you through any areas of potential difficulty, as well as a range of self-assessments that are indicators that you understand the materials as you work through them. These are for your own information, and do not need to be shown to your course tutor.

      Method of study

      Paper based pack

      This course is currently available in paper-based format, therefore, you will receive the full course materials as well as a useful study guide.

      Your study guide is crammed full of tips and information to help you get the most out of the learning experience, student skills, techniques for writing your assessment answers and instructions for submitting your TMAs online for marking by your specialist tutor.

      Tutor support

      Our A Level courses come with tutor feedback and support by email for 24 months. However the last exam for this course is in 2016.

      They will mark your TMAs and provide valuable guidance through any trickier parts of the course whenever you need it. You will also receive a study guide to help you with all aspects of studying, essay writing and general student skills.

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      What do I do next?

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      Everyone at Absorb wishes you the best of luck on your studying journey! We know it’s both rewarding and challenging and ultimately what a difference that qualification will make to your career path and life.

      Good luck!