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Exam Board Specification: AQA

How the course is assessed:

  • 3 papers Paper 1 35%, Paper 2 35%, Paper 3 30%

Description of course:

The course allows you to explore the following topics:

  1. Biological molecules
  2. Cells
  3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  5. Energy transfers in and between organisms
  6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  8. The control of gene expression

Together with these topics are embedded core practical’s which you will log in a log book.

Higher education, future careers and progression routes

According to, the top seven degree courses taken by students who have an A-level in Biology are:

  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sport and exercise science
  • Medicine
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology and Pathology Pharmacology
  • Toxicology and Pharmacy Chemistry.

Studying Biology at university gives you all sorts of exciting career options, including:

  • Clinical molecular geneticist
  • Nature conservation officer
  • Pharmacologist
  • Research scientist
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Soil scientist
  • Dentist
  • Doctor.

2016 Examination success rates:

98% Pass rate
A* - B: 45%
A* - C: 66%

Entry Criteria:

Students must meet the Consortium minimum entry criteria for A Level courses, that is, a GCSE grade 4 or higher in English Language, grade 5 or higher in Maths to study Biology.

To study A Level Biology, students are also required to have a GCSE grade B/5 in Biology or BB/55 in combined Science

Additional information:

What other students have said about the course

"If you enjoy Biology at GCSE then it's worth studying at A-Level as the 'Human' aspect of the course is very enjoyable and fascinating, in my opinion"

"One of the hardest and challenging subjects I have taken on but I have gained so many skills"

"Perceived easy but it is a hard subject, you have to keep on top of your independent study"

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