A Level - A Levels

Start Date

5th September 2017

Course Duration

2 years


Full time


Newcastle Sixth Form College

Course Overview

Biology is the study of all living things. You will look at how individual molecules interact with each other, how they form tissues, organs and organisms and how these organisms interact with their environment on a global scale. Studying biology will develop your understanding of the living world and enable you to explore the applications and implications of this living science.

Exam Board Information


Progression and Career Opportunities

Biology can be studied to aid progression to a scientific, medical, health, environmental or social science career. Popular progression routes from A Level Biology include degrees in biology, biomedical sciences, marine biology, zoology, pharmacy, environmental sciences, geography teaching, psychology, medicine, physiotherapy, speech or occupational therapy, veterinary and dentistry.

I chose Biology because it fits in well with my other subjects (Chemistry & Maths) and gives me a well-rounded view of science.

Additional Information

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:

Suggested reading

AS Biology, Nelson Thornes

Subject pathway

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.