“Biology is bigger than physics. It enjoys bigger budgets, a bigger workforce and achieves more major discoveries. Biology is likely to remain the biggest part of science through the twenty-first century.” - Freeman Dyson, theoretical physicist and mathematician

The AQA A level in biology covers a huge range of topics, so whether you have an interest in genetic technologies or work in ecology, you are sure to find something that interests you in the course. 

Our departments are well resourced and you will have lots of hands-on practical work. We have a team of very experienced teachers and a track record of excellent student attainment, dating back many years. You will be expected to work with good commitment and you will be challenged, in return you should expect to achieve well and enjoy your two years of biology.

Why study biology?

A level Biology provides a solid grounding in analytical thinking, writing reports and clear communication – all of which are useful life skills. You will undertake lab and field experiments which underpin the theoretical study; they also hone your teamwork and practical abilities.

Biology is of particular value to those hoping to pursue careers in medicine, dentistry, nursing and the health professions, scientific research, veterinary sciences, pharmacy, environmental sciences, forestry and teaching.


A level Biology

Awarding body


Entry requirements

Grade 5 or above in English. Grade 6 or above in Maths or Biology triple award or Science Dual Award

Year 12

Biological molecules – the basic chemistry of living organisms, necessary knowledge for all further study of biology.

Cells – the ultrastructure of cells as seen by electron microscopy; practical light microscopy.

Organisms – exchange substances with their environment; gas exchange; circulation and digestion.

Genetics – genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms. The study of DNA and RNA, mitosis and meiosis.

Year 13

Energy – energy transfers in and between organisms; photosynthesis, respiration, and ecosystems.

Organisms response to changes – responses to internal and external environmental changes; homeostasis, the nervous and hormonal systems.

Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems – inheritance of characteristics. Evolution and speciation.

The control of gene expression – DNA technology.


Students will sit three papers, each two hours, at the end of Year 13. At least 15% of the written papers will assess knowledge and understanding of practical skills. 10% of the papers will assess mathematical skills.

Practical endorsement – students will complete a minimum of 12 practical activities to demonstrate practical competence.

A level biology is a great subject that opens a lot of doors for your future. The topics are truly interesting and allow you to find a real passion for the subject.
Sophie, Year 12
A level biology offers a wide variety of interesting and in-depth topics following on from GCSE. Although biology is very challenging, it is also a very rewarding subject that could lead to a successful future.
Ruby, Year 12