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Specification
(PDF), Last Updated: 24 November 2016
For first teaching from September 2016. For first award of AS level in Summer 2017. For first award of A level in Summer 2018.

Specification
(PDF), Last Updated: 24 November 2016
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GCE Biology has two levels: AS and A2. There are three units in each level. Students can take the AS qualification or complete both levels to achieve the full A level qualification. The AS units make up 40% of the full A level qualification, and the A2 units make up 60%.

At each level, students must study all three units.

AS Level
Unit AS 1: Molecules and Cells 
Unit AS 2: Organisms and Biodiversity 
Unit AS 3: Practical Skills in AS Biology

A2 Level
Unit A2 1: Physiology, Coordination and Control, and Ecosystems
Unit A2 2: Biochemistry, Genetics and Evolutionary Trends
Unit A2 3: Practical Skills in Biology