A Level in Biology – September 2024

Funding information: Free For Eligible 16-18 year olds and First Full L3 for 19+ year olds. Adult Learner Loans available, course costs apply.
Duration: 1 year for AS, 1 year for A2
Attendance: Full-time subject

Course Overview

A level biology is the study of life itself. The course explores the theories and principles involved in all living systems. Topics you will learn about include: lifestyle, transport, genes and health, development, plants and the environment, the natural environment and species survival, energy, exercise and co-ordination, as well as practical biology and research skills. The course will provide you with the chance to gain a solid understanding of the principles of genetics, molecules, taxonomy, natural selection, evolutionary theory, global warming, bacteria, viruses, and more.

Course Content

You will build upon a lot of the knowledge and skills you gained during GCSE Biology as well as looking at:

  • DNA and RNA
  • Enzyme function
  • Organism classification
  • Reproductive strategies
  • You’ll also get the opportunity to design your own practical investigation around a topic you choose to really get stuck into the subject

Entry Requirements

You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including maths and English. Ideally, core and no combined and the grade must be a 6 in Biology.

Assessment Methods

  • written exam


You will be able to progress to university level study or on to employment.You’ll need biology for most degrees in medicine, biology, biomedical sciences, dentistry, dietetics, physiotherapy, orthoptics and veterinary medicine. Biology is usually required or recommended for courses in biochemistry, environmental science, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, sports science, physiology and speech therapy.