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AQA A Level GCE Biology (7402) is a two year course. Students receive 9 lessons per fortnight, delivered by two different teachers. The course is entirely examined by three written examinations in the summer of Year 13. In addition, students keep a record of various practical activities that they undertake over the two years, providing evidence for an internally-decided “practical endorsement” — a statement printed on the student’s certificate to acknowledge that they have developed practical skills alongside their examination success.
It is possible to take two examinations in the Summer of Year 12, culminating in an AQA AS Level Biology (7401) qualification. This is intended for those students who choose not to continue their studies into Year 13 and therefore will never complete the full A-level. These examinations do not generate any “credit” towards a subsequent A Level if the student does later continue their studies into Year 13.
Note: Fallibroome has chosen to enter all Year 12 students for AS exams in all subjects for the first couple of years of the new A Levels.
A Level examination dates (for Year 13 students):
Paper 1 (7402/1): Thursday 6th June 2019 (am) (2hr)
Paper 2 (7402/2): Thursday 13th June 2019 (am) (2hr)
Paper 3 (7402/3): Monday 17th June 2019 (am) (2hr)
AS Level examination dates (for Year 12 students):
Paper 1 (7401/1): Tuesday 21st May 2019 (pm) (1hr 30min)
Paper 2 (7401/2): Friday 4th June 2019 (am) (1hr 30min)
Statement of Entry
The school enters students for their exams with the exam board and then students are given (usually around March) a Statement of Entry to check that no mistakes have been made. Please note that this final check is the students’ responsibility and that Fallibroome cannot be held accountable for any errors that are not picked up at this final stage.
A correct Statement of Entry for A Level Biology has four items on it:
An entry for Paper 1, 7402/1;
An entry for Paper 2, 7402/2;
An entry for Paper 3, 7402/3;
A “cash in” code to request a certificate for the A Level Biology qualification, 7402.
A correct Statement of Entry for AS Level Biology has three items on it:
An entry for Paper 1, 7401/1;
An entry for Paper 2, 7401/2;
A “cash in” code to request a certificate for the AS Level Biology qualification, 7401.
We expect all students to undertake one hour of private study for every hour of lesson time. This means that in an average week all students will do 4 to 5 hours of private study.
At the very start of the course, this will mean reading through and tidying class notes and perhaps adding to them using the textbook. The textbook pages will also have worked examples and supportive questions that can be attempted. There are also exercises and resources available via Kerboodle.
After the first half term, though, students will be capable of attempting more complex questions from the textbook and past examination papers. From this point on, students must be careful to limit reading and note making to only that necessary when problems cannot be solved. The vast majority of private study time should be used to answer questions, mark them and review progress.
Past Examination Papers : 7402 A Level Biology
Specimen | Paper | Markscheme
Past Examination Papers : 7401 AS Level Biology
Document downloads are available via the Google Drive link at the top of the page, and past examination papers are listed above. The following are additional online resources that will be useful to students during their private study and background reading.
7401 AS and 7402 A-Level Biology Specification