During Biology A Level you will gain an understanding of organism’s structure, function, genetics, evolution, ecology, distribution and classification. You will study biochemistry and physiology by looking at the fundamental chemistry of life, cell physiology, and examination of the physical and chemical functions of tissues, organs and organ systems. These are studied through a hands-on approach, with experiments including genetic engineering technologies, enzyme investigations, factors affecting photosynthesis and respiration, the spread of disease and production of slides, including plant chromosomes.
The practical work ranges from microscopic examination of specimens to biochemical and physiological investigations and it supports the theory covered in each module. Emphasis is made of the social, ethical and applied aspects of biology in relation to the theoretical background, in both national and international contexts.
Biology A Level Topics include:
ACTIVITY SHEET – Click to download activities designed to give you a deeper understanding of the subject.
You need grade 6 in Biology, or two 6s in combined science, and grade 5 or above in English and maths.
You will be assessed through written examinations, with regular internal assessment taking place as the course unfolds. Your final A Level exam will be made up of two/three exam papers covering the entire programme at the end of year two.
Most students who study biology progress to biological or biomedical courses. In the past students leaving this course have, for example, taken degrees in medicine and health care, veterinary science, marine biology, biotechnology and biochemistry, often at Russell Group universities. After graduation, many have also moved into research and higher degree qualifications.
To comply with our safety policy, all students are expected to buy a lab coat which can be purchased via the College online store when you enrol. We also suggest you buy an appropriate textbook and revision guide.
Biology allows you to learn more about important life processes and get involved in lots of fun practical experiments.
A Levels (Biology, PE & Psychology)