Biology A level

The AQA Biology A-Level (7401, 7402) 2016 (AS), 2017 (A-level)

course offers students the opportunity to explore the concepts of biology and the implications of biological developments in the world. The course has been designed to encourage students to appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how biology contributes to the success of the economy and society.

Here's a general breakdown of the A Level Biology content:

The AQA A-Level Biology course is assessed by three exam papers:

Here's a brief description of each paper:

1. **Paper 1:**

   - Topics: Any content from topics 1–4, including relevant practical skills.

   - Format: Written exam: 2 hours.

   - Marks: 91 marks.

   - Weighting: 35% of A-Level.

   - Question Types: Mixture of short answer questions, extended response questions, comprehension questions, and structured questions including practical techniques.


2. **Paper 2:**

   - Topics: Any content from topics 5–8, including relevant practical skills.

   - Format: Written exam: 2 hours.

   - Marks: 91 marks.

   - Weighting: 35% of A-Level.

   - Question Types: Mixture of short answer questions, extended response questions, comprehension questions, and structured questions including practical techniques.


3. **Paper 3:**

   - Topics: Any content from topics 1–8, including relevant practical skills.

   - Format: Written exam: 2 hours.

   - Marks: 78 marks.

   - Weighting: 30% of A-Level.

   - Question Types: Structured questions, including practical techniques; critical analysis of given experimental data and methods; one essay from a choice of two titles.


In addition to the written exams, students are expected to carry out 12 required practical activities throughout the course. 

Competency in these practicals will be assessed by teachers and will contribute to a separate practical endorsement, which doesn't contribute to the A-Level grade but is required by many universities for courses in the biological sciences. The knowledge and understanding gained during these practical activities could also be examined in the written papers.


Please remember to check the most recent information from the AQA's official website or your educational institution as these details might have changed since my last update.