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Biology

Sixth Form Subjects
I have been able to take advantage of lots of exciting opportunities whilst studying Biology; having the chance to be a part of the Antibiotics Unearthed Project has been a highlight. We are always encouraged to challenge ourselves which has helped me grow in confidence for the future. 
Lauren Stent, Year 13

Biology is a demanding A Level that involves the in-depth study of a wide range of exciting topics including molecular biology, immunology, physiology, biochemistry, ecosystems and evolution. Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and assessment is through written papers.  

Minimum Entry Requirements

Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade 4 or above in both English and Mathematics and Grade C (equivalent) in at least 3 other GCSE/Level 2 qualifications.

Subject Specific Requirements

Two Science GCSEs at Grade 5 or more

What will I do?

The course consists of six modules over the course of two years:

AS:

  • Module 1: Development of practical skills in Biology;
  • Module 2: Foundations in Biology;
  • Module 3: Exchange and Transport;
  • Module 4: Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease.

A2:

  • Module 5: Communication, Homeostasis and Energy;
  • Module 6: Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems.

What careers would this be suitable for?

Biology is a great A Level subject for people who want to pursue further study at University for the careers requiring a strong foundation in the Biological Sciences. Listed below are a few relevant careers that would benefit from an A Level in Biology:

  • University lecturer;
  • University professor;
  • Microbiologist;
  • Nature conservation officer;
  • Pharmacologist;
  • Research scientist (life sciences);
  • Research scientist (medical);
  • Secondary school teacher;
  • Soil scientist;
  • Geologist;
  • Veterinarian;
  • Pharmacist;
  • Health profession (e.g. doctor, dentist, physiotherapist, nurse, optometrist, etc.)

Where can I find out More?

Last updated on November 07, 2018