A Level Biology

Biology is a stimulating and challenging study of a rapidly developing subject which is highly relevant in today’s world. Biological matters are constantly in the news with exciting discoveries in genetics and biotechnology. More sinister, global, ecological issues are also ever-present with biologists holding some of the possible long-term strategies that could minimize catastrophic change. A well-informed citizen should be able to understand the principles behind such issues and evaluate the information on offer.

The Year 12 course aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the essential core concepts of biological molecules, cells, transport systems and DNA. The Year 13 course moves from the core concepts into an understanding of the nervous system, homeostasis, global energy transfer via photosynthesis and respiration, evolution and the frontiers of genetic technology. All students’ learning will be supported by practical work. This will develop an understanding of key protocols and the scientific method as well as the ability to report findings.


A level Biology is a highly regarded qualification as it develops a wide range of skills.

Biology can give you access to an ever-expanding variety of Biology-related courses leading to careers in biotechnology, microbiology, food science, environmental science, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, drug research, biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, medicine, veterinary science, physiotherapy, nursing, sport science and genetics.

Complementary Courses

Biology particularly complements studies in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Health and Social Care, and Physical Education.


AS Level

Entry Requirements

Minimum B grade in Biology Separate Science GCSE, or grades BB in Core and Additional Science GCSE.

Minimum grade 6 in Mathematics GCSE.

5 A*-C grades at GCSE (including English at grades 9-5)


AQA A Level Biology