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Biology

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.

Subject Type: A Level
Details of Exam Board: AQA
Entry Requirements:
  • 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above, including Maths and English. Ideally an Ebacc student, with an average grade profile of 6 or above.
  • All Science modules must be at a Grade 6 or above.
Last three years destinations:
  • Bsc (Hons) in Biochemistry at Oxford University
  • Bsc (Hons) in Medicine at Manchester University
  • Bsc (Hons) in Adult Nursing at Liverpool University
  • Bsc (Hons) in Genetics at University of Sheffield
  • Bsc (Hons) in Biomedical Science at Newcastle University

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.

The fact that your body can coordinate itself to get you up out of bed, enable you to explore the deeply complex world around you, interact with people and animals, to see, hear and feel life is amazing. I am in awe of what the human body can do, how we evolved and how we have found our place in this giant revolving ecosystem. I will forever be a willing student of biology because it has allowed me a privileged insight into all of these things.

Progression

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.

Exam

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.