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Biology A Level

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title GCE A Level in Biology A (Salters-Nuffield)
Code BIOAY20
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Of all the sciences, advances in biology have been unprecedented over the recent years, and promise to continue in the future. Many of these advances and issues surrounding them have been integrated into our Biology syllabus, such as the growing field of epigenetics and genomic medicine, all while tackling big issues such as the ethics of using animal models in medical research.

On this dynamic and exciting course, you will study a range of topics from molecules to ecosystems, and everything in between. You will focus on our physical bodies, looking at how the human body functions when both well and unwell, why healthcare professionals are so keen for us to exercise. You'll explore heart physiology and examine the use of drugs in sport; you will also investigate the psychology of our bodies, debating the issue of nature versus nurture.

There is significant overlap with geography as you learn about ecosystems, succession, conservation of species and climate change. Although there is both chemistry and maths content in this course it is not necessary to study these subjects as well, although about 50% of our students do.

Biology remains a popular subject amongst sixth form students studying a range of courses. A significant amount of the content we will teach you appears regularly in current affairs and our teachers and students love the relevant and contemporary feel of the course.


Biology examines how molecules, cells and organs work, how the diversity of life has come about through evolution and how organisms operate in their environment. There is a strong emphasis on the human side of the subject; particularly applications of biology in medicine, industry and the environment.

  • Year 1: You will study the heart and circulation, looking at research into risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease. You will study biomolecules, cell transport and genetics as well as developing skills for presenting an argument on ethical issues. You will investigate how organisms develop from a single fertilised egg to a whole multicellular organism, including DNA, protein synthesis and epigenetics.

  • Year 2: You will study ecosystems, biological forensics, DNA profiling, infectious diseases and the issues surrounding global warming. You will look at respiration, homeostasis, the nervous system, visual development, hormones and how the Human Genome Project is helping to find new treatments for brain disorders. 

We have a dedicated and bespoke programme of activities to support our aspiring medical students, which this year has included input from a Cambridge University medical student and practice medical school interviews with our senior leadership team.   

How will it be delivered?

All units are examined at the end of Year 2. 

Entry requirements

At least 7 GCSEs at grade 4 in a range of subjects including English. A minimum of GCSE grade 6 in maths is required plus at least two single sciences including biology.

Your next steps...

There is an exceptionally wide range of careers available to Biology students. These range from lab-based or fieldwork research anywhere in the world to medical and health-related careers.

Students who recently completed the studies are taking; Medicine at Plymouth University, Biomedical Sciences at Manchester University, Biology at Nottingham University, Biomedical Science at Sheffield University and Zoology at Southampton University. 



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