Department: Science  

Type of Qualification: A Level  

Exam Board: AQA 

Additional Entry Requirements: Grade 6-6 in GCSE Combined Science OR Grade 6 in GCSE Biology; Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics; Grade 6 in English Language

Why study Biology? 

Biology is a fantastic course for those who are curious about the natural world and studying how the body is put together. Students who take Biology often also study from a wide range of subjects, including Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, PE, English and Geography. 

Course Content 

Year 1 

  1. Biological Molecules 
  1. Cells 
  1. Organisms exchange substances with their environment 
  1. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms  

Year 2 

  1. Energy transfers in and between organisms 
  1. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments 
  1. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems 
  1. The control of gene expression  


Paper 1: Written exam on Units 1-4 (2 hours) (35%) 

Paper 2: Written exam on Units 5-8 (2 hours) (35%) 

Paper 3: Written exam on Units 1-8 (2 hours) (30%) 

Teacher Assessed Endorsement of Practical Skill 

Careers in Biology 

A wide range of careers are available such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary, physiotherapy, pharmacy, midwifery, paramedics, nursing, zoology, marine biology, sports science, teaching, forensics.