A-level Biology

Students

Did you know the human body is made up of trillions of cells? The fascinating and complex study of biology will give you an insight into the make-up of living organisms. You will explore ecology, human health, disease and genetics and use the theory you learn to design and carry out various experiments.

Course type

A-level

Course length

A-level: two years

Required qualifications

You will need to have averaged B grades across the majority of your GCSEs, including BB for Science or BBB minimum in triple Science and at least a grade 6 for Mathematics.

Biology is a challenging A-level, you will need to demonstrate strong academic ability. If you are studying GCSE applied science, you will not be able to take Science A-levels but could study level 3 BTEC in medical science (applied science) or level 3 BTEC in forensic science (applied science).

What will I study?

The AS-level course will focus on:

  • lifestyle-related risks to health
  • genetic disease
  • the genome
  • plants and biodiversity
  • environment and survival
  • energy, exercise and co-ordination

On the course you will:

  • undertake practical laboratory work including using a high- powered microscope
  • visit conferences, museums and scientific organisations
  • attend field trips to study different ecosystems

Method of assessment

You will be assessed by examinations and practical assessments throughout the course. We follow the Salters- Nuffield syllabus for biology, which explores the issues behind science as well as the science itself.

What will I be able to progress to?

After completing the course, you will be able to progress to university to study a wide range of subjects. You will need a high grade in A-level Biology if you wish to study Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Physiotherapy or other Medicine-related degrees at university.