Biology A Level

Biology literally means the study of life. Biology A Level will give you the skills to make connections and associations with all living things around you. Being such a broad topic, you are bound to find a specific area of interest, plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers.

Subject Leader: Mr Thompson
KS5 Subject Teachers:Ms Nicolaou, Ms Khan, Mrs Hyland, Ms Singleton, Ms O’Dea

Subject Leader: Mr Thompson
KS5 Subject Teachers:Ms Nicolaou, Ms Khan, Ms Hyland, Ms Crean

Year 12:
You study the following topics: Biological Molecules, Cells, Organisms exchanging substances with their environment, Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.

Year 13:
In Year 13 you study the following topics: Energy transfers in and out of organisms, Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments, Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems, Control of gene expression.

Biology is a practical subject and throughout the course you will have the chance to carry out various practical activities such as using microscopes, dissecting animal or plant systems, using aseptic technique to study microbes, and many more.

Entry qualifications:
Five Grade 9-5 at GCSE including Mathematics and Grade 7-6 in Combined Science Trilogy or 7-6-6 in the Separate Sciences


Possible degree options: Biology, Psychology, Sport Science, Medicine, Anatomy, Chemistry Physiology, Pathology, Toxicology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology.

Possible Careers include Clinical Molecular Geneticist, Pharmacologist, Nature Conservation Officer, Research Scientist, Environmental Consultant, University Lecturer, Dentist, Secondary School Teacher, Doctor, Soil Scientist, Pharmacist and many more.

Further Reading

  • The Incredible Human Journey– Prof Alice Roberts
  • The Body– Bill Bryson
  • Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery – Dr Henry Marsh

Trips & Extra Curricular Club/Activities Field trips to Trent Park and Epping Forest, trips to the Royal Veterinary College

Biology Leaflet