A-level Biology


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


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.