A Level Biology

Duration: 2 Years
Exam Board: AQA
Entry Requirements: At least a grade B / 6-9 in double Science or Biology

To be accepted on the two-year fast track A Level or BTEC programme students must have at least 5 GCSE’s graded 5-9 or equivalent qualifications. For A Levels This must include a grade 6 or above in the subject you plan to study.

Course Overview

A-level Biology is a challenging but rewarding course that will help you to develop skills and knowledge necessary for a career in a wide variety of fields. Biology is one of the most popular A Level subjects in the country, attracting students studying a wide range of other subjects. Many of these students enjoy the subject so much they eventually choose a biologically related degree course. Whatever field you will eventually work in, you will find Biology a very rewarding and challenging course, which will develop many other skills essential for a successful career.

Course Modules

Year 1

  • Biological Molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation & relationships between organisms

Year 2

  • Energy transfers in and between organisms (A-Level only)
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments (A-Level only)
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A-Level only)
  • The control of gene expression (A-Level only)

These qualifications are linear. Linear qualifications are designed so that the students sit all A-Level exams at the very end of their 2 year course. There are a total of eight units in the specification.


A developed understanding of Biology can take you along a career path towards becoming a Doctor, Nurse, Crime scene Investigator, Nutritionist, Teacher, Farmer, Paramedic, Personal Trainer and many others.