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Course Duration
2 Years

Examination Board

Entry Criteria

Grade 4 in both English and Maths GCSEs, and at least 3 other qualifications at grade 4 or above including at least grade 6 at GCSE science.

Why study A level Biology?

What will I study during the course duration?

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology  
  • Module 2 – Foundations in biology  
  • Module 3 – Exchange and transport  
  • Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease  
  • Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy  
  • Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems. 

How will I be assessed?

Students are assessed by three external examinations at the end of year 13. There is also a  required practical endorsement which students must complete the achieve their final  qualification.

Career opportunities and Future study

Like all the science subjects, biology is a hugely well respected qualification by employers, colleges and universities. Studying biology at A Level will enable you to consider careers and educational progression in medicine, physiotherapy, sports science, environmental science, veterinary science and many others. A-level biology can help you set up for a range of careers such as:

  • Medical professions
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Research science (life sciences)
  • Microbiology
  • Marine biology
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Environmental management
  • Food science
  • Agricultural engineering
  • Zoology