Biology (A Level)

Exam Board: AQA

Course Outline

During the course you will study 8 units:

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic and Variation
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Homeostasis
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression

There are also 12 compulsory practical activities to carry out and write up as part of the qualification.

Content & Assessment

There will be 3 exams at the end of the two year course:

  • Paper 1 assesses your learning of units 1-4 (35% of final mark)
  • Paper 2 assesses your learning of units 5-8 (35% of final mark)
  • Paper 3 assesses your learning of all units, including essay question (30% of final mark)

Your practical skills will be assessed as part of the written exam.

You must also have a complete record of all 12 of the compulsory practicals in order to pass the course


Biology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, zoology, marine biology or forensic science.

Staff Contact: Miss Chapman

Entrance Requirements


  • GCSE Biology (triple science) or Additional Science –
    all Exams required to be grade 6 and above.
  • GCSE Maths AND English – grade 5 or above.

All external applicants to be interviewed by Head of Department to determine suitability.