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

A Level

1.    Biological molecules

2.    Cells and Viruses

3.    Classification

4.    Exchange and Transport

5.    Energy for biological processes 

6.    Microbiology and Pathogens 

7.    Modern Genetics

8.    Origins of Genetic Variation

9.    Control Systems

10.    Ecosystems

Subject Details


Biology A-Level


Exam board: Edexcel Advanced    

Type of vocational pathway: A-Level


Biology A-Level

Code 9B10

We want students who:  are prepared to ask difficult questions.  Students will have to learn a lot of detailed facts and apply them in an intelligent manner.  If a student is inquisitive about the world, they will love Biology.

Biology is one of the top 'facilitator subjects' required to enter good courses at outstanding universities (Russell Group). Universities are becoming increasingly aware of Biology as an indicator of analytical skill.  Biology is a prerequisite for Medicine and Veterinary Science and the growing world of Biotechnology and Pharmacology.

How will students be assessed?

•    Paper 1: Advanced Biochemistry, Microbiology and Genetics Topics 1-7  / 90 marks, 1 hour 45 minutes.

•    Paper 2: Advanced Physiology, Evolution and Ecology Topics 1-4 and Topics 8-10  / 90 marks, 1 hour 45 minutes.

•    Paper 3: General and Practical Principles in Biology, Topics 1-10   /120 marks, 2 hours 30 minutes.

There is no coursework on this course.  However, students’ performance during practical work will be assessed through a series of core practicals.

What other courses does it complement?

Students who take Biology often also study from a wide range of subjects, including Psychology, Sociology, PE, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Science, Health & Social Care, History and Geography.

Next steps - what this course can lead to

Possible degree options: Biology, Psychology, Sport and exercise science, Medicine, Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy Chemistry.

Possible career options: Clinical molecular geneticist, Nature conservation officer, Pharmacologist, Research scientist, Higher education lecturer, Secondary school teacher, Dentist/Doctor.

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