Head of Department
Five grades 4-9 (or equivalent) including at least grade 6 in Mathematics and either Biology or both Biology exam components of Double Science. If you do not expect to achieve these grades, you may wish to consider the BTEC Diploma in Applied Science, which covers many of the same topics.
Examination = 100%
Biology is the study of life. From new medical treatments to the impact of climate change, Biology is relevant to everyone. In the first year of A-level Biology, you will study the molecules and cells found in all living organisms as well as the cardiovascular, digestive and immune systems. The second year addresses genetics, ecology, evolution, homeostasis, nerves and muscles.
Your studies throughout the course will be supported by a wide variety of teaching and learning materials, including online resources. Practical work is assessed throughout the course to help you develop skills in laboratory techniques and data analysis. Biology requires strong analysis and communication skills.
What skills will I develop?
You will learn to:
- Use laboratory equipment skilfully and safely to carry out biological investigations.
- Record, present and analyse the data you collect according to international scientific standards.
- Express complex scientific ideas clearly, both orally and in writing.
- Design scientific investigations, and apply biological knowledge to interpret results and reach logical
What topics will I study?
Component 1 – Examination: Paper 1 (2 hours – 35%)
- Topic 1: Biological molecules
- Topic 2: Cells
- Topic 3: Organisms exchange substances with their environment
- Topic 4: Genetic information, variation and relationship between organisms
Component 2 – Examination: Paper 2 (2 hours – 35%)
- Topic 5: Energy transfers in and between organisms
- Topic 6: Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
- Topic 7: Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
- Topic 8: The control of gene expression
Component 3 – Examination: Paper 3 (2 hours – 30%)
- Topics 1-8: Questions on all topics
Where does the course lead?
A Level Biology is an excellent foundation for careers in healthcare or any life science and related higher education courses. Biology is a facilitating subject for many university courses, and employers regard Biology students as clear thinkers and communicators with a capacity for understanding detail. There are many opportunities for employment in public health, medical, veterinary laboratory work, forensic science, the NHS and the scientific Civil Service.