A Level

Exam Board: A Level Biology – AQA

Course Summary

Biology allows you to understand the processes that sustain life on Earth. The first year covers fundamental principles of the structure and function of biological molecules, how organisms are able to exchange substances with their internal and external environments and the importance and sources of variation in organisms.

In the second year you build on these principles and link them to various processes in organisms such as how organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment, how energy is transferred with organisms and through ecosystems and how gene technology is used to alter gene expression.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSEs to include a minimum Grade 6 in either Combined Science or Biology, a Grade 6 in Mathematics and a Grade 5 in English
  • Minimum average GCSE score of 5.5



  • Biological Molecules
  • Enzymes
  • Nucleic Acids
  • Cell Structure
  • Transport across cell membranes
  • Cell recognition and the immune system
  • Exchange
  • Mass transport
  • DNA, genes and protein synthesis
  • Genetic diversity
  • Biodiversity
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Energy and Ecosystems
  • Response to Stimuli
  • Nervous coordination
  • Homeostasis
  • Inherited change
  • Populations and Evolution
  • Populations in Ecosystems
  • Gene Expression
  • Recombinant DNA Technology

Why choose this course?

  • State-of-the-art £5m Science Centre
  • Strong practical elements
  • Field trips and guest speakers to experience the most current research and developments in science
  • Student have the opportunity to complete the Biology Olympiad as part of their course

Where might it lead?

The broad nature of A Level Biology means students progress to work and study in Biological Sciences, Health and Medicine, Law, Computing, Accounting and Teaching.


This course is 100% examination based.


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