A-Level Biology

Overview

Where there's water on Earth, you find life as we know it. So if you find water somewhere else, it becomes a remarkable draw to look closer to see if life of any kind is there, even if it's bacterial, which would be extraordinary for the field of biology.

-Neil deGrasse Tyson

Biology is a study of life that teaches us about ourselves and the organic world around us. Biology provides the answers to large-scale problems, and it sees the big picture on the planet. Biology tells in detail how each and everything in the environment is linked and how the effect on one element can affect the other areas.

Key Information

  • Qualification: A-Level

  • Exam Board: AQA

Entry Requirements

  • English 5+

  • Maths 6+

  • Double Science 6+|6+

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Paper 1


Any content from topics 1– 4, including relevant practical skills

  • 1 Biological molecules

  • 2 Cells

  • 3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment

  • 4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

  • written exam

  • 2 hours

  • 91 marks

  • 35% of A-level

  • 76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions

  • 15 marks: extended response questions


Paper 2


Any content from topics 5–8, including relevant practical skills

  • 5 Energy transfers in and between organisms

  • 6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

  • 7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

  • 8 The control of gene expression

  • written exam

  • 2 hours

  • 91 marks

  • 35% of A-level

  • 76 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions

  • 15 marks: comprehension question

Paper 3:


Any content from topics 1–8, including relevant practical skills


  • written exam

  • 2 hours

  • 78 marks

  • 30% of A-level

  • 38 marks: structured questions, including practical techniques

  • 15 marks: critical analysis of given experimental data

  • 25 marks: one essay from a choice of two titles


Progression

  • Studying Biology will inspire, nurture a passion and lay the groundwork for further study in courses like biological sciences and medicine. Many students that study Biology go on to further education and study topics such as: Biology, Psychology, Sport and exercise science, Medicine, Anatomy, Physiology and pathology, pharmacology, Toxicology and pharmacy chemistry.

  • Occupations that are commonly associated with Biology include:

  • doctor

  • clinical molecular geneticist

  • nature conservation officer

  • pharmacologist

  • research scientist

  • veterinary

  • secondary school teacher

  • marine biologist

  • dentist.

What goes well with Biology?

  • Sport

  • Health & Social Care

  • Chemistry

  • Physics

  • Maths

  • Psychology