Biology

Specification - Topics

 

AQA Biology, AS (7401), A2 (7402)

Core content

1 Biological molecules

2 Cells

3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment

4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

5 Energy transfers in and between organisms (A-level only)

6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments (A-level only)

7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A-level only)

8 The control of gene expression (A-level only)

AS

Assessments

Paper 1

 

Any content from topics 1–4, including relevant practical skills

Assessed

 

written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

75 marks

50% of AS

Questions

 

65 marks: short answer questions

10 marks: comprehension question

Paper 2

 

Any content from topics 1–4, including relevant practical skills

Assessed

 

written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

75 marks

50% of AS

Questions

 

65 marks: short answer questions

10 marks: extended response questions

 

A-level

Assessments

Paper 1

 

Any content from topics 1–4, including relevant practical skills

Assessed

 

written exam: 2 hours

91 marks

35% of A-level

Questions

 

76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions

15 marks: extended response questions

Paper 2

 

Any content from topics 5–8, including relevant practical skills

Assessed

 

written exam: 2 hours

91 marks

35% of A-level

Questions

 

76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions

15 marks: comprehension question

Paper 3

 

Any content from topics 1–8, including relevant practical skills

Assessed

 

written exam: 2 hours

78 marks

30% of A-level

Questions

 

38 marks: structured questions, including practical techniques

15 marks: critical analysis of given experimental data

25 marks: one essay from a choice of two titles

 

Many students progress to study life sciences at university, including bio medical sciences, Dentistry and Veterinary Science. Studying biology equips you with critical and analytical skills necessary to confront complex problems relevant to a wide range of careers such as those associated with the health service or pharmaceutical industry, medical research, teaching, accounting, the civil service, law, scientific journalism or management, among others.