A-Level Biology

Biology is the study of the structure and function of living organisms. In teaching Biology we hope to encourage enthusiasm for the subject alongside an appropriate and relevant foundation of knowledge and skills. As well as studying the principles of Biology, students will learn the way in which scientists work and their contribution to society.

Subject content

During the course you will cover a wide range of biological concepts including:


Molecules essential to life, their structure, their formation and their function. Processes; the biochemistry of the Calvin cycle in photosynthesis and the Kreb’s cycle in respiration.

Cell Biology:

The structure of cells, organelles and their function. The process of cell division, specialisation, organisation and cancer.

Exchange & Transport:

The importance of exchange surfaces and how they vary. The methods of transport and factors affecting them.

Genes & DNA:

The structure of DNA and process of replication. Transcription and translation of DNA to form proteins. The importance of gene technology, advancements in genome mapping and the control of gene expression.

Populations & Biodiversity:

The importance of biodiversity, the impact of humans and classification of animals. Demonstrating evolutionary links and the process of evolution. Investigating populations and ecology.

Communication & Control:

The communication of the nervous system, the hormonal control and bio regulation.

Practical Endorsement:

12 compulsory practicals in which you must demonstrate competency in various skills. These are linked to many biological concepts throughout the course.

Learning methods

You will learn through a variety of methods, including teacher led, research, practical activities, group tasks and independent study.


Assessment is by written examination. There is also a practical endorsement that will be completed and tracked throughout the course.


Sixth Form entry requirements and a grade 5 or above in GCSE mathematics, grade 5 or above in all three separate sciences or grade 6 in combined science.

Where can it lead?

Biology is a versatile course as it demonstrates the ability to learn and retain knowledge and how to apply knowledge to unfamiliar situations. The practical endorsement shows evidence of scientific investigative skills, analytical skills and the ability to use knowledge and data to support conclusions. All of these skills are transferable to many areas of higher education, making Biology a valuable A-level.