A Level Biology

Exam Board


Course Outline

All students will be given the opportunity to carry out a wide range of investigative work including guidance in using advanced level laboratory techniques (e.g. culturing bacteria using aseptic techniques). You will be involved in discussions, practical investigations and exercises to ensure that you are well prepared for your examinations. There is no coursework on this course. However, your performance during practical work will be assessed. The course itself is comprised of 4 main sections:

Content covered in Year 12:

Biological molecules
Organisms exchange sustances with their environment
Genetic information, variation, and relationships between organisms


Paper 1: 2 hour written examination (35% of A-level)
Paper 2: 2 hour written examination (35% of A-level) 
Paper 3: 2 hour written examination (30% of A-level)

Into the future …

The A-level  course has been developed to develop enquiring minds. A-level Biology is very popular and a large part of this stems from its relevance to everyday life. This course is not for the squeamish but it will definitely open your eyes to what is both around and within us!
Many science based careers require A Level Biology, including Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary science, and Physiotherapy.
Click here to view the KS5 Curriculum Booklet.