Examinations

Students must complete two examinations at AS Level and a further two exams at A2 Level. We set and mark all the exams.

The tables below provide more information:

Unit

Exam Duration & Format

% Assessment Weightings

Availability

AS 1: Molecules and Cells

1 hour 30 minutes written examination, externally assessed

40% of AS

20% of A Level

Summer

AS 2: Organisms and Biodiversity

1 hour 30 minutes written examination, externally assessed

40% of AS

20% of A Level

Summer

AS 3: Assessment of Practical Skills in AS Biology

Internal practical assessment

20% of AS

10% of A Level

Summer only

A2 1: Physiology and Ecosystems

2 hour written examination, externally assessed

40% of A2

20% of A Level

Summer

A2 2: Biochemistry, Genetics and Evolutionary Trends

2 hour written examination, externally assessed

40% of A2

20% of A Level

Summer only

A2 3: Assessment of Investigational and Practical Skills in Biology

Internal practical assessment

20% of A2

10% of A Level

Summer only


Chief Examiner/Principal Moderator Report 2014 January Series
(PDF), Last Updated: 17 April 2014

Chief Examiner/Principal Moderator Report 2014 May/June Series
(PDF), Last Updated: 27 November 2014

Chief Examiner/Principal Moderator Report 2013 January Series
(PDF), Last Updated: 24 April 2013

Chief Examiner/Principal Moderator Report 2013 May/June Series
(PDF), Last Updated: 30 October 2013

Chief Examiner/Principal Moderator Report 2012 January Series
(PDF), Last Updated: 23 April 2012

Chief Examiner/Principal Moderator Report 2012 May/June Series
(PDF), Last Updated: 01 November 2012

Chief Examiner/Principal Moderator Report 2011 January Series
(PDF), Last Updated: 05 May 2011

Chief Examiner/Principal Moderator Report 2011 May/June Series
(PDF), Last Updated: 04 November 2011

Chief Examiner/Principal Moderator Report 2010 March Series
(PDF), Last Updated: 13 May 2010

Chief Examiner/Principal Moderator Report 2010 May/June Series
(PDF), Last Updated: 16 November 2010

Chief Examiner/Principal Moderator Report 2009 March Series
(PDF), Last Updated: 10 June 2009

Chief Examiner/Principal Moderator Report 2009 May/June Series
(PDF), Last Updated: 02 December 2009