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Subject Area: Sciences
Level: TWO-YEAR A Level
Exam Board: AQA
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What do I need to study this course?

Grade 6 in two single science GCSE’s (including biology) or grade 66 in GCSE Combined Science. Also GCSE Maths and GCSE English at grade 4 or above.


What will I study?

Biologists study the natural world from the largest mammals down to our very own microscopic DNA. They strive to understand how animals and other organisms evolved, and the factors that cause illness, applying their knowledge to improve health and manage the natural world.

A level Biology aims to inspire students, nurture a passion for the subject, and lay the groundwork for further study in courses like biological sciences and medicine. The A level specification ensures that students develop literacy, numeracy, employability and technical skills. Biology is fundamentally an experimental subject, so the course provides numerous opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality, and equips students with the essential practical skills.


The topics you will study are: Biological Molecules; Cells; Organisms Exchange Substances with their Environment; and Genetic Information, Variation and Relationships Between Organisms.


The topics covered in the second year are: Energy Transfers in and Between Organisms; How Organisms Respond to Changes in their Internal and External Environments; Genetics, Populations, Evolution and Ecosystems; and Control of Gene Expression.

Successful completion of 12 required practicals will earn you a Practical Endorsement, which is recognised by many universities.

What next?

Numerous career opportunities exist in sectors including medical professions, environmental biology, forensic science, industry, biotechnology, the scientific civil service, research, and education.

Many of our students progress to university to study courses such as: Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Dental Surgery, Diagnostic Radiography, Environmental Science, Forensic Science & Criminal Investigation, Life Sciences, Marine Biology, Medicine, Nutrition, Food & Health, Pharmacology, Physiology, and Physiotherapy.

Students who wish to read biological or medical subjects at university will usually need to study A level Chemistry as well.