The course is divided into six modules:
Module 1: Development of practical skills in Biology via 12 key practical activities
Module 2: Foundations in Biology – cells, biological molecules, DNA, enzymes
Module 3: Exchange and Transport
Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease
Module 5: Communication, homeostasis and energy
Module 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
You will be provided with a course textbook, but there are also some other fantastic textbooks which would support your studies.
If you see any one of these going cheap they are worth getting:
Advanced Biology : Michael Kent – Oxford University Press
Advanced Biology: M Jones and G Jones – Cambridge University Press.
Introduction to advanced biology: C J Clegg – John Murray
The course is assessed via three exam papers and a practical endorsement
Biological processes – 2 hour 15 minutes exam testing units 1, 2, 3 and 5 (37%)
Biological diversity - 2 hour 15 minutes exam testing units 1, 2, 4 and 6 (37%)
Unified biology – 1 hour 30 minutes exam testing understanding of all 6 units (26%)
Practical endorsement in biology – reported separately
Grades 66 in Combined Science or grades 666 in separate Sciences and grade 6 in GCSE Maths.