Biology A-Level

Why study biology?

Whether you want a job in medicine or industry, biology is the solid platform upon which careers are built. Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from microorganisms to mammoths.   In two years you will get a real in-depth knowledge of this fascinating subject, preparing you for further education or giving you the credentials to enhance your job options straight away.

What will I be learning about?

You will be covering a range of topics including the roles of enzymes, transport of substances in and out of cells, the digestive system, and diseases caused by microorganisms. You will also find out about the variety of living organisms and how variation is influenced by environmental and genetic factors. You will have the chance to learn investigative and experimental skills in a variety of practical lessons.

Where will this lead?

Biology is one of the most popular A-Level subjects in the country, attracting students studying a wide range of other subjects. Many of these students enjoy the subject so much they eventually choose a biology-related degree course. Others go on to careers in law, computing, accounting or teaching. So, whatever field you will eventually work in, you will find biology a very rewarding and challenging course which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career.

Where will this lead?

Biology is one of the most popular A-Level subjects in the country, attracting students studying a wide range of other subjects. Many of these students enjoy the subject so much they eventually choose a biology-related degree course. Others go on to careers in law, computing, accounting or teaching. So, whatever field you will eventually work in, you will find biology a very rewarding and challenging course which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career.

How will I be assessed?

At the end of Year 13 you will have three examinations, which together are worth 100% of your A-level. Practical based questions will form 15% of this assessment. The examination board is AQA.

What are the entry requirements?

Eight grade 9-4 at GCSE level including minimum level 5 in English and level 6 in mathematics. You should also achieve a level 6 minimum in the GCSE biology exam or a level 6 minimum in the GCSE trilogy exam.