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A Level Biology

Overview

Overview

College

Further Progression

Course Overview

The International A Level Biology course is spread out over two years with the possibility for an Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level or Advanced (A) Level qualification.

Students will study Molecules, Diet, Transport & Health; Cells, Development, Biodiversity & Conservation; Energy, Environment, Microbiology & Immunity; Respiration, Internal Environment, Coordination & Gene Technology; and Practical Skills.

Students will learn to:

  • Essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
  • A deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • Competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills
  • Their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject.
Mathematics Overview

Exam Overview

The Pearson Edexcel International Advanced Level in Biology qualification consists of six externally-examined units. The AS Level consists of the three units and the A Level consists of three additional IA2 units. The AS qualification may be awarded as a discrete qualification or may contribute 50 per cent towards the International A Level qualification.

For both qualifications a minimum of 10% of the marks across the papers will be awarded for mathematics at Level 2 or above.

Duration

AS Level: 3 units total Two units of 1 hour 30 minutes each One unit of 1 hour 20 minutes A Level: 6 units total Two units of 1 hour 30 minutes each Two units of 1 hour and 45 minutes each Two units of 1 hour 20 minutes each

Components

AS Level: 3 units total Two units of 80 marks each One unit of 50 marks A Level: 6 units total Two units of 80 marks each Two units of 90 marks each Two units of 50 marks

Format

Eexternal assessment offered three times a year for each of the six units.

Progression and Prerequisites

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