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Overview

A-Level Biology

Biology A-Level will give you the skills to make connections and associations with all living things around you. Biology literally means the study of life and if that’s not important, what is? Being such a broad topic, you’re bound to find a specific area of interest, plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers.

Possible Degree Options

According to bestcourse4me.com, the top seven degree courses taken by students who have an A-Level in Biology are:

  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sport and exercise science
  • Medicine
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology and Pathology Pharmacology
  • Toxicology and Pharmacy Chemistry

Course Content

Topics Covered

Foundations in Biology

  • Cell structure; Biological molecules; Nucleotides and nucleic acids; Enzymes; Biological membranes; Cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation

Exchange and transport

  • Exchange surfaces, Transport in animals, Transport in plants

Biodiversity, evolution and disease

  • Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system Biodiversity Classification and evolution

Practicals:

Biology like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including:

  • Drawing cells and tissue
  • Investigating enzymes
  • Measuring the rate of photosynthesis
  • Heart dissections
  • Any many more….

This is now a requirement and forms part of the Practical Endorsement that is a requirement of A-Level Biology.

Requirements

5 GCSEs grade 9-5, including a grade 6 in Biology/double science. 

Careers

Studying A-Level Biology at university gives you all sorts of exciting career options, including:

  • Doctor
  • Clinical molecular geneticist
  • Nature conservation officer
  • Pharmacologist
  • Research scientist
  • Vet
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Marine biologist
  • Dentist