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A-Level Biology

Posted on: May 17th, 2013 by bpedle No Comments
A Level Biology – 1 Subject Only – £4,500.00

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English Maths Science Tuition and Examination Centre (EMSTEC) offer a ‘fast track’ Biology A Level course. Based at our centre in Handsworth, students attend one day a week . We offer ‘accelerated learning’ and teach the full A Level syllabus in one academic year. The A Level course will be facilitated by our experienced science teachers. We have a state of the art laboratory where students will be guided in the correct use of laboratory equipment enabling them to approach the theoretical and practical examinations with confidence. The course fees are inclusive of all teaching materials, support and examination fees.

Biology AQA.

A-Level Biology is an academic qualification that is widely valued by universities throughout the UK

This course enables students to develop a solid understanding of a range of biological topics, including:

  • Human and cellular biology
  • DNA and biodiversity
  • Photosynthesis and respiration
  • Cells and organisms
  • Practical and investigative skills in Biology

Course Content

Unit 1: BIOL1 – Biology and Disease

  • Infectious pathogens and the effects of lifestyle
  • The digestive system
  • Active and passive transport: substance exchange through plasma membranes
  • The lungs: pathogens and lifestyle
  • The heart and blood circulation
  • Mammalian blood: defensive factors

Unit 2: BIOL2 – The Variety of Living Organisms

  • Genetic and environmental variation in organisms
  • DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) and its impact on proteins and enzymes
  • DNA and genetic diversity
  • Variation at the biochemical and cellular level
  • The cell cycle
  • Cells, tissues, organs and systems
  • The requirements of organisms and adaptation
  • Species and classifications
  • Adaptation and selection as part of evolution
  • Biodiversity within a habitat.

Unit 3: Investigative and Practical Skills in AS Biology

  • Investigating biological problems
  • Changing a specific factor, the independent variable
  • Measuring changes in a dependent variable
  • Methodical and safe procedure
  • Manipulative skills and time efficiency
  • Methodical data collection
  • Identification of limitations in material, apparatus and procedures
  • Evaluation of limitations and suggested ways to overcome them.

Unit 4: BIOL4 – Populations and Environment

  • The dynamic equilibrium of populations is affected by a number of factors
  • ATP synthesis and energy
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Glycolysis
  • Energy transfer and efficiency through ecosystems
  • Chemical elements recycled in ecosystems.
  • The role of micro-organisms in recycling chemicals
  • Geographic isolation and its effect on genetic information
  • Potential formation of new species

Unit 5: BIOL5 – Control in Cells and in Organisms

  • Internal and external stimuli
  • Cellular response.
  • Chemical and electrical co-ordination.
  • Nerves and skeletal muscles
  • Homeostasis
  • Negative and positive feedback
  • The sequence of bases in DNA affecting proteins, such as enzymes
  • Gene expression
  • Gene cloning technologies and its relevance to increased understanding, as well as industrial and medical processes.

Unit 6: Investigative and Practical Skills in A2 Biology

  • Independent and dependent variables
  • Manipulative skills and time management
  • Methodical data collection during the investigation
  • Data analysis and appropriate statistical testing.
  • Calculating the probability that an event is due to chance.
  • Drawing appropriate conclusions, using scientific knowledge from the A-level specification to explain them.
  • Limitations: identification, evaluation and improvement.


        You will be assessed across six units in total. Four units will be assessed by paper-based examinations, and two will be assessed by practical assessments.


      A more detailed breakdown is provided below:

Unit 1: BIOL1

  • 33.3% of the total AS level marks
  • 16.7% of the total A level marks
  • 1 hour 15 minutes examination paper
  • 60 raw marks
  • 5-7 short answer questions plus 2 longer questions

Unit 2: BIOL2

  • 46.7% of the total AS level marks
  • 23.3% of the total A level marks
  • 1 hour 45 minutes examination paper
  • 85 raw marks
  • 7-9 short answer questions plus 2 longer questions

Unit 3: BIO3T

  • Internal Assessment for AS Biology
  • 20% of total AS level marks
  • 10% of total A level marks
  • Centre marked route T, 50 raw marks
  • Practical skills assessment 6 raw marks
  • Investigative skills assessment, 44 raw marks

Unit 4: BIOL4

  • 16.7% of the total A level marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes examination paper
  • 75 raw marks
  • 6-9 short answer questions plus 2 longer questions involving continuous prose.

Unit 5: BIOL5

  • 23.3% of the total A level marks
  • 2 hours 15 minutes examination paper
  • 100 raw marks
  • 8-10 short answer questions plus 2 longer questions

Unit 6: BIO6T – Practical skills in A2 Biology

  • 10% of the total A-level marks
  • Centre marked route T, 50 marks
  • Practical skills assessment, 6 raw marks
  • Investigative skills assessment, 44 marks