A-LEVEL Biology


Biology is the study of the mechanisms that underpin all living organisms. It covers the rapidly changing fields of genetics and biotechnology.

Subject requirements:

Minimum GCSE of 6 in Maths*, GCSE 6 in Biology* and Chemistry* or 7/7 in Combined Science

*Grade 7 recommended

Teacher contact- Miss S Ogilvy
Science Area Coordinator - Dr M Gwyer

Course Content

You will study digestive, circulatory and gas exchange systems, including the role of enzymes as biological catalysts, and passive and active transport across membranes. Also, the similarities and differences in the biochemical basis and cellular organisation of living organisms are discussed. The course examines structured communities within dynamic and largely stable ecosystems through which energy and chemical elements are recycled. Students sample different communities on an Ecology residential field trip. The course also looks at the response to stimuli, including the control of heart rate, transmission of nerve impulses, muscle contraction and the use of gene cloning technologies to design new industrial and medical processes. 

Assessment Criteria

Students sit three modules at the end of the A-Level course. The three exams form 100% of the course assessment. Throughout the two-year course, a minimum of twelve core investigations are conducted and assessed, and the Practical Endorsement is issued to those who have completed these to a suitable standard. Paper 1: Topics 1–4 Paper 2: Topics 5–8 Paper 3: All content including practical skills and a synoptic essay.

Exam Board: AQA
A-Level: 7402

Are you interested in:

  • The human body?
  • How science contributes to modern society?
  • Disease risk factors?
  • Medical developments?
  • Our impact on the environment?

Leading to a career in:

  • Medicine
  • Veterinary Science
  • Biomedical Research
  • Forensic Science
  • Environmental Science

This subject goes well with:

  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Environmental Science


Click below to learn about the course from Biology student, Lily.


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