A Level

Exam Board: AQA

2 years


Course Content:

  1. Biological molecules
  2. Cells
  3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  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


100% exams and practical endorsement

3 exam papers;

 Paper 1: Topics 1 - 4, Paper 2: Topics 5 - 8, Paper 3: Topics 1 - 8 

10% of assessment will contain mathematical skills equivalent to Level 2 or above. At least 15% will assess knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to practical work. You will carry out the 12 required practicals to pass the Practical Endorsement.

Studying at Alton College:

Students work through the interactive packs of notes in lessons and enjoy the frequent use of mini white boards and card sorting activities.  Regular practical classes allow students to develop laboratory skills which are assessed continuously, leading to the practical endorsement. Students applying to competitive courses such as Medicine are fully supported throughout their application. We organise many trips ranging from University lectures to a Marine Biology Expedition. 

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. 

It is essential that you have gained at least grade 6 in Biology or 6/6 in Science. 

Part of the course will include Chemistry and 10% of the course is Mathematics. You do not need to follow these subjects at A Level, although a Grade 6 in GCSE Maths is preferred. As there is an essay component to the assessments and lots of new terminology to learn it is important that you have good English skills.

Course costs:

Optional trips from £10 each

Biology works well with:

Health and Social Care
Environmental Sustainability
Applied Science

What our students say

"Biology at Alton is challenging, but with the right attitude it is rewarding and enjoyable. The longer lessons sound daunting but we are able to cover lots of the subject material and it frees up time during the week so that you can revise what you have learned, and take some well earned rest too."

Josh Podger, previously at The Petersfield School

"I find A level Biology so interesting as we delve into so much more details than at GCSE, allowing me to explore a wide range of captivating topics. The longer lessons allow me to focus on one subject at a time so I can take in the larger pictue and understand the subject much better."

Jessica Dewhurst, previously at Robert May's School

" A level Biology is the most challenging yet interesting subject I take at College. The three hour lessons allow us to do practical activities in lessons and have more contact hours with teachers. There are incredible trips on offer such as the ecology and conservation trip to Dominica in the Caribbean."

Charlotte Hobbs, previously at Amery Hill School

"I love studying Biology at Alton. The resources and teachers are very supportive and the longer lessons are well structured and enable enough time to really understand a new topic. If you enjoyed Biology at GCSE, you will find studying it at A level fascinating and very rewarding."

Bethan Grimshaw, previously at Calthorpe Park School