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. For GCSEs which remain with the old grading system, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C.

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:

Printed packs and electronic book: c. £40 over two years.

Optional trips from £10 each

Biology works well with:

Health and Social Care
Environmental Sustainability
Applied Science