Biology A Level

What is the subject and why should you study it?

Biology A-level will give you the skills to make connections and associations with all living things around you. Biology literally means the study of life and if that’s not important, what is? Being such a broad topic, you’re bound to find a specific area of interest, plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers.

Course content

Year 1Year 2
Biological moleculesEnergy transfers in and between organisms
CellsOrganisms respond to changes in their internal & external environments
Organisms exchange substances with their environmentGenetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
Genetic Information, variation and relationships between organismsThe control of gene expression


How is the course assessed?

There are three exams at the end of the two years for A-level, all of which are two hours long. At least 15% of the marks for A-level Biology are based on what you learned in your practicals.

Any course requirements

At least Grade 6-6 for GCSE Science or Grade 6 in GCSE Biology


AQA | AS and A-level | Biology | Specification at a glance