Biologists study the natural world and all the living things in it, from the largest mammals down to microorganisms and the molecules that they are made from. They try to understand how all organisms work (including humans), how they evolved and how they interact together.

Course Aims

Being such a broad topic, you’re bound to find a specific area of interest, plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers. It is also important to remember that Biology is excellent preparation for non-scientific careers, thanks to the skills it provides, from analytical thinking to writing reports.

Entry Requirements

Ideally an EBACC student with average GCSE profile of grade 6 and all Science modules at grade 6 or better.


Biology is a key A level subject for lots of STEM careers, particularly in healthcare, medicine and jobs involving plants or animals. The list includes Doctor, Clinical molecular geneticist, Nature conservation officer, Pharmacologist, Research scientist, Vet, Secondary school teacher, Marine biologist, Dentist.

Awarding Body

AQA A-level Biology. This is a level 3 qualification.


Assessment is based on three separate written examinations, each 2 hours long.

Paper 1 is based on the topics studied in year 12 and is worth 35% of the overall qualification.

Paper 2 is based on the topics studied in year 13 and is worth 35% of the overall qualification.

Paper 3 is a synoptic paper in which all A-level content is assessed. This is worth 30% of the overall qualification.

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