A-Level Biology (CCEA)

The Course

This course builds on knowledge gained in GCSE Double Award Science, adding depth and breadth.  It offers the opportunity for candidates to devise and plan experimental and investigative activities, and to interpret, explain, evaluate and communicate the results of these.  Those selecting this course will also gain an awareness of ethical, technological and economic aspects of the subject.

Modules

Two compulsory modules are examined for AS in Year 13, and a further two modules for A2 in Year 14.  These is also a practical unit in both Year 13 and Year 14, both of which are assessed internally by the completion of coursework.

AS Level

Module 1:   Molecules and Cells (AS 1)

Module 2:   Organisms and Biodiversity (AS 2)

AS 1 and AS 2 are assessed by written papers taken in January and June of Year 13.  The AS 1 and AS 2 examinations last 1½ hours, and examine topics such as molecules, enzymes, cell structure, protein synthesis, ecology and mammalian systems.

Assessment of Practical Skills in Biology (AS 3) is also completed in Year 13, and involves the completion of two pieces of coursework.

A2 Level

Module 1:   Physiology and Ecosystems (A2 1)

Module 2:   Genetics and Evolutionary Trends (A2 2)

A2 1 and A2 2 are assessed by written papers taken in January and June of Year 14.  The A2 1 and A2 2 papers last 2 hours, and examine topics such as photosynthesis, protein synthesis and respiration.

Assessment of Investigational and Practical Skills in Biology (A2 3) is also completed in Year 14, and involves the completion of one piece of coursework.