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Biology Staff
Miss N Hodgson (Head of Team) nhodgson@conyers.org.uk
Mrs K Haigh khaigh@conyers.org.uk
Mr J Thoburn jthoburn@conyers.org.uk
Mrs J Waters jwaters@conyers.org.uk

Please select the links below to view further information about the department. The assessment programme explains how and what the students will be assessed on along with information on how to prepare.

  • A Level
  • A level Assessment

Exam Board: AQA

What is Biology?

Biology is the study of living things: where they live, how they function, how they behave, so it is of interest to most people. As a science subject students will develop skills of forming hypotheses, predicting outcomes and solving problems from a scientific perspective.

The course will follow the new AQA specification.

A grade B in Science in GCSE Science is recommended to start the AS course.

Please note that this is a new A level specification for 2015 and therefore is a two year linear course with terminal examination.

Why study it?

Biology is an ideal subject to combine with other sciences or to enhance other areas of the curriculum and it is strongly recommended for students wishing to pursue careers in Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Sciences.

The structure of the course

  • 1 Biological molecules
  • 2 Cells
  • 3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • 4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • 5 Energy transfers in and between organisms (A-level only)
  • 6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments (A-level only)
  • 7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A-level only)
  • 8 The control of gene expression (A-level only)

Assessments

Paper 1:

Any content from topics 1–4, including relevant practical skills

Written exam: 2 hours

35% of A-level

Paper 2:

Any content from topics 5–8, including relevant practical skills

Written exam: 2 hours

35% of A-level

Paper 3:

Any content from topics 1–8, including relevant practical skills

Written exam: 2 hours

30% of A-level

What next?

Studying A-Level Biology can be extremely valuable if you wish to pursue a career in the following:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary Science
  • Health care professions
  • Teaching

If you have any further questions regarding Biology, please feel free to contact us on the details as shown below.

A level Assessment

Term 1

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/skills Assessed Preparation/Key areas to Revise
DNA Structure of DNA and RNA

DNA replication

Digital textbook https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login

Chapter 2.1 page 36 and 2.2 page 42

Relevant end of chapter summary and questions

Exam board specification:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402

resources on showbie and class notes

Proteins and enzymes Protein structure

Enzyme actions

Factors affecting enzyme action

Digital textbook https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login

page 19 -33

Relevant end of chapter summary and questions

Exam board specification:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402

resources on showbie, ppts on drive and class notes

Term 2

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/skills Assessed Preparation/Key areas to Revise
Lung and heart Surface area to volume ratio

Gas exchange in humans

Structure of heart

Cardiac cycle

Digital textbook https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login

Chapter 6.6 page 142,6.7 page 144, 6.8 page 146, chapter 7.3 page 168, chapter 7.4 170 and 7.5 page 174

Relevant end of chapter summary and questions

Exam board specification:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402

resources on showbie and class notes

Biological molecules Carbohydrates

Lipids

proteins

Digital textbook https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login

page 4-18

Relevant end of chapter summary and questions

Exam board specification:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402

resources on showbie, ppts on drive and class notes

Cells Eukaryotic cell structure

Prokaryotic cell structure

microscopes

Digital textbook https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login

page 58-76

Relevant end of chapter summary and questions

Exam board specification:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402

resources on showbie, ppts on drive and class notes

Term 3

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/skills Assessed Preparation/Key areas to Revise
Trial exams DNA, lungs and heart, plant transport Look at past papers on the exam board website http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402

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Term 10

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