Why choose this specification?
- the content of the course
- the way the course challenges students as well as offering the chance for all students to demonstrate their skills
- the transparent, clear layout of the specification – what you see is what you get
- the support AQA offers, such as Enhanced Results Analysis (ERA) and the teacher materials available from e-AQA
- the flexibility around the marking of the internal assessment.
- discovering how interesting Biology is as a subject
- the way A-level Biology is suitable for study alongside a range of subjects
- the skills the specification helps them develop.
- a critical awareness of current social and environmental issues and an understanding and respect for living things
- analytical, evaluative and synoptic skills
- practical skills, including the ability to plan and manipulate data.
- schemes of work
- publisher text books, including those available from Nelson Thornes, Hodder and Collins Education
- quick, easy access to secure key materials
- teacher resource bank
- Enhanced Results Analysis (ERA)
- online standardising training
- online webinars
- email and phone advice from the subject team and assessment advisers.
Overlap with other qualifications
There are some overlaps with AQA A-level:
- Human Biology
- Physics A Traditional
- Science in Society
- Psychology A
- Applied Science
- Environmental Studies
- Applied GCE in Health and Social Care.
Students can re-sit a unit any number of times within the shelf-life of the specification. The best result for each unit will count towards the final qualification.
Private candidates must have Units 3 and 6 supervised and assessed by an AQA school or college. For more information, please see our Private candidates page.
A-level Biology is a great choice for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, nursing and forensic science.
"AQA provides a very good level of support in terms of customer services and resources...I am an extensive user of the ERA and e-AQA and I wouldn't be without them. They are really useful tools for tracking progress."