Biology A Level

Why study Biology?

Have you ever wondered why your siblings look like you or how medicines work or if clones exist? Are you aiming to be a doctor, nurse, vet or healthcare practitioner? Are you thinking of a career in research? Are you interested in the environment and the world around you? If the answer is yes then studying Biology is for you.

Where can A Level Biology take me?

A Level Biology is an excellent base for a university degree in healthcare, such as medicine, veterinary medicine or dentistry, as well as the biological sciences such as biochemistry, molecular biology or forensic science. Biology can also complement sports science and psychology.

A Level Biology can open up a range of career opportunities including: biological research, medical, environmental, forensics, sports and science communication. The transferable skills you will learn, such as problem solving, are also useful for many other areas, such as law.


A Level Biology will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of biology. It covers the key concepts of biology and practical skills are integrated throughout the course. This combination of academic challenge and practical focus makes the prospect of studying A Level Biology highly appealing.

You will learn about the core concepts of biology in a range of different contexts and about the impact of biological research and how it links to everyday life. You will learn to apply your knowledge, investigate and solve problems in a range of contexts.

Topics Covered

  • Development of practical skills in biology.
  • Cell structure, biological molecules, nucleotides and nucleic acids, enzymes.
  • Exchange surfaces, transport in plants and animals.
  • Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system.
  • Biodiversity, classification and evolution.
  • Communication and homeostasis.
  • Photosynthesis and respiration.
  • Genetics and biotechnology.
  • Ecosystems, populations and sustainability.

How will it be delivered?


  • Total of 6 hours of examinations (2 x 2 hours 15 minutes and 1 x 1 hour 30 minutes) taken at the end of the course.
  • A wide range of question types including multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions.
  • Opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of both theory and practical skills through the examinations.

There is also a practical endorsement part of the course where you will complete a minimum of 12 different practical activities over the 2 year course. You will become competent in following procedures, applying an investigative approach when using instruments and equipment, working safely, making and recording observations and researching, referencing and reporting

Entry requirements

Grade 6 or better in Combined Science or Biology and at least grade 5 in Maths and English Language.

Students must select a specialism (Computing, Health Sciences or Sport Science) alongside this course.