What you need to know
To succeed in A Level Biology, you will need a sound understanding of the concepts covered in GCSE Dual Award or Triple Science. It does not matter if you have completed GCSE Dual Award (Core & Additional) or GCSE separate Sciences. The successful study of any science also relies heavily upon sound numerical skills.
Students will require GCSE Maths at grade B or above to apply for this subject. If you have studied three separate GCSE sciences you will need a B grade in Biology. If you are studying GCSE Dual Award science you will need grade BB.
We encourage applications from those wishing to study more than one science at A Level and all A Level Biology students should be prepared to:
• Keep a glossary of key terms which is updated on a weekly basis.
• Use the skills and knowledge that they acquire to make sense of new, unusual situations.
• Learn how to analyse data in a variety of formats, including graphs, tables, charts etc.
• Use their maths skills to solve problems including percentages, ratios, magnification, and statistical tests.
• Plan, carry out and evaluate investigations.
Want to get a headstart in A Level Biology?
Revise your GCSE materials to make sure you’re up to speed and ready to go. If you want to look into some advanced topics you could look at:
AS Biology, Nelson Thornes
As a science, Biology combines well with another subject in this area, such as Chemistry or Physics. It is also complemented by Maths, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geology and Environmental Studies. Other students often marry Biology with Psychology or other Social Sciences.