Course: Biology A-Level

Study Level

Level 3

Course Code

Biology A-Level


Sixth Form College


2 Years



Have you ever wondered… Why your sister looks like you? How medicines work? What DNA is? Do clones exist?

A Level Biology will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of biology. It covers the key concepts of biology and practical skills are integrated throughout the course.

Learn about the core concepts of biology and about the impact of biological research and how it links to everyday life. You will learn to apply your knowledge, investigate and solve problems in a range of contexts.

Topics include:

  • Cell structure / Biological molecules
  • Enzymes / Biodiversity
  • Classification and evolution
  • Ecosystems / Cloning and biotechnology
  • Photosynthesis / Respiration
  • Populations and sustainability

Emphasis throughout the course is on increasing knowledge, developing competence and confidence in practical skills and developing problem solving. You will learn how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how science contributes to the success of the economy and society.

What We Add

  • State of the art laboratories with the very latest scientific equipment Access to a range of ICT including Laptops, Netbooks and iPads.
  • Opportunities for field trips and day trips to enrich your learning.
  • Opportunities to attend conferences, university workshops and to hear from guest speakers about current biological issues.


You will need to meet the standard college entry criteria for A Level courses. Additional subject entry criteria: To take Biology alongside other A Level courses, you need to meet standard College entry criteria and will need a minimum B (6) in Maths and a B in Science (core) and a B in Additional Science or GCSE Biology. To follow a Science A level Programme, one that includes any two of these courses: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, you will need an average GCSE score of 5.5 plus a minimum B in Maths and a B in Science (Core) and B in Additional Science (or B in GCSE Biology/ Chemistry/Physics.)


A Level Biology is an excellent base for a university degree in healthcare, such as medicine,  veterinary or dentistry, as well as the biological sciences, such as biochemistry, molecular biology or forensic science. Biology can also complement sports science, psychology, sociology and many more. A range of career opportunities including: biological research, medical, environmental, forensics, sports and science communication. The transferable skills you will learn, such as problem solving, are also useful for many other areas, such as law.

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