Biological Science is one of the broadest and most important subjects in the world, today. It encompasses everything from the molecular study of life processes right up to the study of animal and plant communities. With its mixture of scientific method, problem-solving, practical skills and socially relevant content it offers students the opportunity to develop a wide range of transferable skills.
UNITS OF STUDY
The A Level Biology B course has 10 topics taught over the two-year period; four units in Year 12 and six units in Year 13. The practical endorsement aspect of the course is a compulsory requirement which is internally assessed by the teacher and externally monitored by the examination board.
The Pearson Edexcel A Level Biology B course consists of three externally examined papers and the Science Practical Endorsement.
- Paper 1: Advanced Biochemistry, Microbiology and Genetics (30%)
- Paper 2: Advanced Physiology, Evolution and Ecology (30%)
- Paper 3: General Practical Principles in Biology (40%)
Students who demonstrate the required standard across all the requirements of the common practical assessment criteria will receive a ‘pass’ grade. The practical endorsement does not contribute to the overall grade for A Level Biology, but the result will be recorded on the student’s certificate.
The minimum prerequisite for entry is a Grade 6 in GCSE Biology or Grade 7 and above for Combined Science.