Biology A Level

What will I learn?

1st Year

Unit 1 Biological molecules

Unit 2 Cells

Unit 3 Organisms exchange materials with their environment

Unit 4 Genetic information, variation and relationships with organisms

2nd Year

Unit 5 Energy transfers in and between organisms

Unit 6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

Unit 7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

Unit 8 The control of gene expression

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade B in Biology, or Core and Additional Science (not Additional Applied). GCSE grade 5 or above in English and 6 or above in Maths.

GCSE (old) Points Average: 6.0 or above (B grade average)

How long will it take to qualify?

2 Years

How will I be assessed?

A-level weighting

Paper 1: 2 hr exam – any content from topics 1-4: a mixture of short and long answer questions (76 marks); extended response questions (15 marks) 35 %

Paper 2: 2 hr exam – any content from topics 5-8: a mixture of short and long answer questions (76 marks); comprehension question (15 marks) 35 %

Paper 3: 2 hr exam – any content from topics 1-8: structured questions including practical techniques (38 marks); critical analysis of given experimental data (15 marks); one essay from a choice of two titles (25 marks)   30%

Additional Learning Opportunities

Specialist support is available if you hope to progress into Medicine, Veterinary Science or Dentistry. There is a Virtual Medicine enrichment course for aspiring medics, a Vet Society for aspiring veterinary medics and a Dentistry Society for aspiring dentists.

Who is this course aimed at?

Biology is attractive to students who:

  • enjoy life sciences
  • are fascinated by living systems
  • are good at science
  • have studied GCSE Science at the higher level

What next?

Many students go on to study degrees in subjects including Biology, Medicine and Pharmacy while others seek health-related careers such as Nursing, laboratory work and other scientific work.




  • A Level


  • Biology

Course Length

  • 2 Years


  • 16+