Biology is a fascinating subject, the study of which will see you learn about the natural world and all the living things within it. Gaining an A-level in this subject opens up a vast range of opportunities for both university degrees and career options, many of which can take you all around the world.
Frequently asked questions
What do I study in Biology?
Topic 1: Lifestyle, Health and Risk
Topic 2: Genes and Health
Topic 3: Voice of the Genome
Topic 4: Biodiversity and Natural Resources
Topic 5: On the Wild Side
Topic 6: Immunity, Infection and Forensics
Topic 7: Run for your Life
Topic 8: Grey Matter
How hard is A Level Biology compared to GCSE?
A Level Biology is a Level 3 course whereas GCSE Biology is a Level 2 course. This means that there is a significant increase in the level of content difficulty. However, if you are prepared to invest the independent learning time outside of lessons to properly grasp the content you are learning about, then there is every chance that you will manage this step-up successfully. A Level Biology also incorporates a lot of mathematical skills, so an excellent grasp of GCSE Mathematics is essential.
What are the assessments like?
In Biology, you are assessed via three exams taken at the end of Y13.
Each paper is worth 100 marks and lasts for two hours.
There are no coursework elements to complete.