What will be in the AQA A-level Biology Paper 1 exam 2019 and how long is it?

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by Hayley Pearce | 5 June 2019

Key facts about AQA A-level Biology Paper 1

When is it? Thursday 6th June in the morning

How long is the exam? Two hours

How many marks are available? 91

How many people sit it? More than 28,000

Date and time of the AQA A-level Biology Paper 1 exam

AQA A-level Biology Paper 1 (7402/1) is on the morning of Thursday 6th June 2019. Most exam centres will start the exam at 9.00am, but check with yours in advance as centres can start exams by up to 30 minutes earlier or later than this time. Most exam centres will tell you to arrive at least 10 minutes before the exam starts.

You will be assessed on any content from topics one to four (biological molecules; cells; organisms exchange substances with their environment; and genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms), including relevant practical skills.

AQA A-level Biology Paper 1 is being talked about on The Student Room forums.

Official AQA advice states that in A-level Biology exams, you should favour quality over quantity as “examiners deliberately count the numbers of answer lines they provide for each question to make sure there’s more than enough space. You should only need extra pages if you need to cross out incorrect work.”

What to expect from AQA A-level Biology Paper 1

The paper title is AQA A-level Biology Paper 1 and the exam lasts for two hours.

There are 91 marks available in this paper, and it makes up 35% of your AQA A-level Biology exam. AQA A-level Biology Papers 2 (35%) and 3 (30%) make up the rest of the exam.

AQA A-level Biology students can achieve grades A* to E.

Find out more about the linear A-level system.

Make sure you always know the structure of the paper you are sitting. Read the instructions on the paper thoroughly before you start.

There are 76 marks available from a mixture of short and long answer questions and 15 marks available for answering extended response questions.

Read each question carefully before you start to answer it. You should answer every question.

The marks for each question are shown in brackets – use this as a guide as to how much time to spend on each question.

Do all rough work in your answer book. Cross through any work you do not want to be marked.

Remember to check your work if you have time at the end.

AQA has given this advice on what to do in your A-level Biology exams.

What to bring with you to the AQA A-level Biology Paper 1 exam

  • A black ink or black ball-point pen
  • A ruler with millimetre measurements
  • A scientific calculator
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TSR community advice for AQA A-level Biology Paper 1

For A-level Biology revision, TSR member tocka90 recommends the YouTube channel A-level Biology with Miss Jercha for “revision per topic, exam tips, model answers and 2018 papers explained and all working outs provided.”

A-level results day 2019

If you’re taking AS or A-level exams this year, results day is on Thursday, 15 August.

You will be able to collect your AS or A-level results any time after 6am on results day – the time they're released by the exam boards – as long as your school or college is open.

Go to our exam results homepage for more info.

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