A Level Biology

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Through the study of AS and A level biology pupils will learn about living organisms, biological concepts and the value and responsible use of biology in society. They will also have opportunities to develop their communication, practical and problem solving skills. The CCEA syllabus provides a good basis for pupils wishing to study Biology, or other related disciplines at tertiary level.

The three AS modules are:

AS 1: Molecules and Cells (AS 40%, A level 20%)

The themes are:

Cells, Biological molecules, Enzymes, Cell membranes and transport, DNA Technology, Nuclear division, Viruses, Tissues and organs

AS 2: Organisms and Biodiversity (AS 40%, A level 20%)

The themes are:

Gaseous exchange in mammals and plants, Circulatory system in mammals, Transpiration, The Adaptation of organisms, The variety of life, Human impact on biodiversity

AS 3: Assessment of Practical Skills in AS Biology (AS 20%, A level 10%)

Internal assessment of Experimental and Interpretative skills.

A review of achievements at AS level will be undertaken before progression to A2.

The three A2 modules are:

A2 1: Physiology and Ecosystems (A2 level 40%, A level 20%)

The themes are:

Kidney, The Nervous system, Sense organs, Hormonal control, Immunity, Ecosystems

A2 2: Biochemistry, Genetics and Evolutionary Trends (A2 level 40%, A level 20%)

The themes are:

Respiration, Photosynthesis, DNA and Gene technology, Inheritance and Variation, Features of the Animal and Plant Kingdoms

A2 3: Assessment of Investigational and Practical Skills in Biology (A2 level 20%, A level 10%)

Internal assessment of Problem Solving, Experimental and Interpretative skills