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Do you have a genuine enthusiasm for understanding more about the complexity of living organisms and systems, and an ability to use your skills and knowledge to learn more about this, and other biological issues? Studying A Level Biology is the perfect opportunity to deepen your understanding of living systems, and is often an essential requirement if you are progressing to the wide range of careers available in the healthcare industries.

You'll need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen pathway and a grade 6 in GCSE Maths* and grade 6/5 in GCSE Sciences. 

For further information on the pathways, please click here.


*If a student has been entered for the lower tier GCSE Maths paper and are predicted a grade 5, but are predicted to achieve at least a grade 7/7 in Science subjects, this will meet the entry criteria for the subject.

Topics include:

  • Cells and cell transport
  • Biological molecules
  • Cardiorespiratory system and immunity
  • Genetics and genetic variation
  • Respiration and photosynthesis
  • The nervous system
  • Epigenetics and gene expression

Educate, Enrich, Enlighten

We are incredibly proud of the experiences on offer from our department both inside and outside of the classroom. We also build your cultural capital with a range of experiences including opportunities to participate in overseas trips. This ensures you plenty of opportunities to link theory with practice and develop your practical skills, and experience university level practical work. Many of our A Level Biology students are part of our XL Programme, which provides you with unique and exceptional opportunities to support progression to world leading universities.

We are incredibly proud of the experiences on offer from our department both inside and outside of the classroom. You’ll benefit from an engaging, hands-on learning which you will put into action in our state-of-the art facilities which include a team of qualified Lab Assistants. Some of the experiences our students enjoy include:

  • Visits to universities to help you to under the paths studying A Level Biology will open up for you!
  • Visiting speakers and lecturers
  • Participation in the British Biology Olympiad

Assessment is 100% examination. There are 12 required practicals that must be completed for you to achieve the practical endorsement.

A Level Biology supports a wide range of career paths, depending upon which courses you choose to pair this A Level with. The range of higher education and work opportunities are extensive, and our students progress on to a wide range of opportunities. Common progression routes include Physiotherapist, Midwifery, Nursing, Biomedical Science, Animal Science, Zoology and Dentistry.

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Good to Know

If you’re thinking of studying A Level Biology and pursuing a STEM based career we recommend that your study programme contains at least one other STEM based subject. This is because many universities will require more than one Science as part of their entry requirements

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Jak Spencer

Biomedical Sciences at The University of Oxford

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