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This linear AQA course compels students to sit all the AS exams at the end of their AS course and all the A-level exams at the end of their A-level course.

The course content includes:

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)

There is no longer a coursework component although there are a number of required practical activities which are reported on the final certificate if successfully completed.

AS and A2 courses cover relevant and contemporary areas of biology, while allowing learners to develop an understanding of the underlying themes. The course will appeal to any student who enjoys life sciences, topical health issues and the application of new discoveries such as forensics and genetic engineering. You should understand how science works and have a real interest in all aspects of life from bacteria and viruses to plants and animals. You should be observant and curious and willing to explore the challenges faced by the world today. Biology is a respected Science subject and a requirement for many medical and health related careers.  It is also an important component of life science degrees such as botany, ecology and zoology.