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.

Entry Requirements

Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade 5 or above in both English Language and Mathematics and Grade 5 (equivalent) in at least 3 other GCSE/Level 2 qualifications. Science GCSE at Grade 6 or above is also required. Other related GCSE/Level 2 subjects may be considered. Guidance on acceptable related subjects can be provided by the Sixth Form Leadership Team.

Course Overview


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

  • Module 1: Development of practical skills in Biology;
  • Module 2: Foundations in Biology;
  • Module 3: Exchange and transport;
  • Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease.
  • Module 5: Communication, homeostasis and energy;
  • Module 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems.

There is no coursework element to this qualification. The grade is based on the three exams sat at the end of the second year. You can be awarded a pass or fail for the practical skills element which is indicated on your certificate but is not a separately scoring aspect of the course.

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?

    Point of contact:

    Andrew Glover

    Teacher of Science

    Contact Andrew Glover who looks after this Biology course on:

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