Why study Biology?
Biology helps us to understand the complex relationships between humanity and the rest of the world. By understanding the origins of life, from the fundamental building blocks of nature to interactions on a global scale, students gain insight into the rich diversity of life forms on Earth.
Topics of study at A-Level
Biology is fundamentally an experimental subject. There are opportunities to use practical experiences that link to topics such as biological molecules, cells and microscopy, immunity, respiratory, cardiovascular and digestive systems, the biochemistry of photosynthesis and respiration, genetics, inheritance, biodiversity and evolution.
Opportunities beyond the classroom
Royal Society of Biology Olympiads, Dissection Club, Biomedical Society, visiting lectures, genetics workshops, and many other opportunities.
What the subject might lead to
The numerous branches of biology are ultimately brought together by their common understanding of living things. Biology A-Level is a preferred choice for aspiring medics, dentists and veterinarians. Other options for study include: anatomy, astrobiology, biophysics, botany, cell and molecular biology, computational biology, ecology, environmental biology, forensics, genetics, marine biology, microbiology, molecular biosciences, natural sciences, neurobiology, physiology, zoology and many others you may never have heard of.
Suggested entrance requirement (if applicable)
A minimum of grade 6 in GCSE Biology or Combined Science. A strong pass in GCSE Maths is recommended.