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 BIOAY21
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 recent years and promise to continue to be so 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, exciting and contemporary 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 the Government are so keen for us to exercise and exploring heart physiology and drugs in sport; you will also explore the psychology of our bodies, debating the issue of nature versus nurture. There is also significant overlap with Geography as you learn about ecosystems, succession, conservation of species and climate change. 

Although there is both Chemistry and Maths it is not necessary to study these subjects alongside Biology, 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.


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.

How will it be delivered?

100% exam.

Entry requirements

At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4 including GCSE English.

Grade 6 in higher tier GCSE Maths. 

Grade 6, 6 in higher tier GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science. 

Grade 6 in at least two GCSE Sciences, including  Biology, if studied separately.

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 their course are taking, Medicine at the University of Plymouth, Medicine at the University of Keele, Biomedical Sciences at Manchester University and Biology at Nottingham University.