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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.
A Level Biology 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