Year 1: Students will build directly on GCSE knowledge and study topics such as biological molecules, cells, exchange in living organisms, genetic variation and DNA in more detail.

Year 2: Students will build on the key ideas and knowledge covered in the first year and also study topics such as energy transfer, responding to the environment, evolution, ecosystems and the control of gene expression. Across all topics there will be an emphasis on the development of both mathematical and practical skills.


A Level assessment is made up from three exams, each two hours long. The third requires students to write an essay on a choice of two topic areas. Practical knowledge and working scientifically will be included in all exams.

What Next?

Various subjects can be studied alongside Biology, such as Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Geography, Psychology and PE. A Level Biology is either a requirement or recommended for many career choices such as Veterinary Sciences, Pharmacology, Medicine, Dentistry, Ecology, Nursing and many more.

Biology Subject Leader: Mrs J Stokoe

Syllabus: AQA

Course Specification: 7402

Qualification: A Level

Biology is amazing, not to mention useful. You learn and understand so much about the world around you.

– Current Year 13 Student