Why this course?

Biology is a fascinating subject in which you learn about life on a range of scales from the molecular to the planetary. Learning biology develops your ability to synthesise large amounts of information, to understand the relationships between things and to think logically. You will also learn how to plan and conduct complex practical investigations.

Course Content

  • Module 1: Biological molecules 
  • Module 2: Cells
  • Module 3: Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Module 4: Genetics information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • Module 5: Energy transfers in and between organisms 
  • Module 6: Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Module 7: Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • Module 8: The control of gene expression

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1
Modules 1- 4  (2h 35%)

Paper 2
Module 5- 8 (2h 35%)

Paper 3
Modules 1 -8  (2h 30%) 

There will also be a practical endorsement.

Student Profile

Successful students will be interested in Biology, logical reasoning and problem solving. Students must have an excellent memory and an eye for detail. Biology is a challenging subject, so students will need to be resilient, persistent and very hard-working.

Complimentary Subjects

  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Sport

What could I do next?

A few of the degree courses that could be completed are:

Biology, Biochemistry, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacology, Nursing, Paramedicine, Genetics, Veterinary Science, Environmental Science, Geology, Forensic Science, Optometry, Nutrition, Physiotherapy, Zoology, Ecology, Sports Science

to name a few!

In addition to the careers suggested by many of the degree courses mentioned, A-level Biology can help with careers as diverse as social work, teaching and food technology.