Biology is the science of life. Biologists study the structure, function, growth, origin, evolution and distribution of living organisms. The study of Biology allows us to understand the living things in the world around us, and how they interact. This course also considers how modern research and development contribute to our understanding of living processes and ultimately help to improve our lives.

Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Biology and one other GCSE science or Grade 6-6 in Science (Combined) and Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics. You must have maturity, self-discipline, good study skills and the motivation to succeed.

<b>A-Level Year 1</b>

Course Content:

  • Topic 1: Biological molecules
  • Topic 2: Cells
  • Topic 3: Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Topic 4: Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • Practical work will be integrated throughout topics 1-4 but this is not assessed
<b>A-Level Year 2</b>

Three examinations (2 hours each) ranging across topics 1 – 8. No coursework 

Content is as topics 1-4 plus: 

  • Topic 5: Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Topic 6: Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments 
  • Topic 7: Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems 
  • Topic 8: The control of gene expression


Assessed practical work will be integrated throughout topics 1-8. This does not contribute towards your grade.