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If you are fascinated by how your body works and curious to know more about the interactions of living organisms then this is the course for you. Biology is an experimental subject which provides opportunities to use practical activities to link theory to real life situations. The best subject combinations for Biology are Chemistry, Physics and Maths. Geography, PE and Psychology also complement the study of Biology.

Subject content

The topics studied will build on prior learning at GCSE level and will cover a whole range of fundamental biological concepts applied to different situations to make the content interesting, relevant and current.

The main topic areas studied are: biological molecules, cells, exchange of substances between organisms and their environment, genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms, energy transfers in and between organisms, how organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments, genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems, DNA technology and the control of gene expression.

This course is an award of AQA. Read the Biology course specifications.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE Grade 6 or above in Biology and another science or two Grade 6s or above in Combined Science. Plus GCSE Grade 5 or above in Mathematics.


Assessment is by examination. The Practical Endorsement is teacher-assessed.

Progression opportunities

This A Level lays the groundwork for further study in a range of courses across the biology spectrum, including chemistry, zoology, ecology, geography, genetics, nursing, biomedical sciences, maths, physics and medicine and it is accepted as an appropriate A Level for many other degree level courses.

Meet the A Level expert

Tracy Rowland

Tracy has a BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Science, a PGCE from the University of Sheffield and has been teaching for over 30 years.

Tracy said: “Biology has such diversity of topics, there is always something new and exciting to be discovered and it provides an excellent grounding for learning as it is very factual. Students will learn a variety of transferable skills, including analysis, evaluation and how to apply knowledge.”

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