Faculty: Science
Subject: A-Level Biology
Subject Leader: Miss Dilay, Head of Biology
Staff and Responsibility: Mrs Packett, Mr Prime, Miss Bray & Miss Tyrell
Exam Board: AQA

Assessment Format

Modules will be examined in the full A-Level in the summer of Year 13.

Three 2 hour papers make up the A-Level exam. Paper 1 and paper 2 are each worth 35% of the final mark with paper 3 contributing 30%.

There is no coursework at either level. Practical and experimental skills are assessed through the final exams.

Subject Overview

The content of the A-Level Biology course is based around eight core topics:

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression

To access this course a minimum GCSE level of 6 is required.

Potential Career Options

Pursuing a career in biology is both stimulating and rewarding. Whether you want to cure the next disease, end world hunger, develop a new drug or solve a crime there are options for everybody who are interested in Biology.

Biology can open the door to multiple careers, a few of these include medicine, dentistry, forensic science, food science, microbiology, criminology, marine biology, veterinary and sports science.


‘’Biology is the study of complicated things that have the appearance of having been designed with a purpose.’’ ― Richard Dawkins

Biologists are scientists who study the natural world and all the living things in it, from the largest mammals down to our very own microscopic DNA.

They try to understand how animals and organisms work (including us humans), how we evolved and the things that can make us sick or improve our health.

There are lots of celebrities who have studied biology e.g. Lisa Kudrow, better known as Phoebe from Friends, studied biology at Vassar College, New York, Ben Miller, a popular comedian and actor studied natural sciences at Cambridge, Harry Hill, a comedian studied medicine at the University of London.

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