Course Details

Qualification: Biology Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two Bs and three Cs in five subject areas at GCSE to include a minimum of a grade 4 in Maths and English Language, as well as Biology or Science (both core and additional) at grade B or above. However, due to the new GCSE grading, we do recommend that you are working towards at least a grade 5 in both Maths and English Language. Start Date: Sept 2017
Length: 2 years

A Level Biology aims to enhance your understanding and appreciation of living organisms, how they function individually and how they interact with one another.

You will plan experiments, collect data, analyse results and make conclusions. You will study diseases, the organisation of cells, variation in organisms and the influence of genetic and environmental factors. You will also study populations and environments, looking at certain ecosystems, how human activity affects the ecological balance and how genetic variation can lead to the formation of new species. In addition, you will learn about control in cells and organisms, stimuli and responses, homoeostasis, genes and genetic expression. Practical investigation work is emphasised, which will extend your practical skills. This is essential if you plan to study Biology at university.


Units of study may include:

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Exchange of substances
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • How organisms respond to change in the internal and external environment
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • Control of gene expression

You will be assessed by three external written examinations at the end of the two-year course. Practical work is assessed in each written examination.

You will be offered a range of enrichment activities if you choose to study Biology at A Level; for example a residential trip to London, a trip to Ainsdale to study sand-dune succession and a trip to Wycoller to investigate woodland and aquatic ecosystems. These trips will require a small financial contribution.

Students will benefit from new high-tech science laboratories, housing industry standard equipment. Within Biology, we have a mini-zoo with an interesting assortment of animals which you can observe and help to take care of.

Unique Pre-Professional Programmes available in Medicine and STEMx

Former students have gone to study at some of the UK’s top universities including; the University of Oxford, Imperial College London, King’s College London and the University of Manchester.

Biology students are reading interesting degrees such as Medicine, Optometry, Marine and Freshwater Biology, Prosthetics and Orthotics, Veterinary Science, Biological Science or Marine Zoology to name but a few.

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