A Level Biology A

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Biology A
Code H420
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3


A Level Biology enables you to develop relevant practical skills alongside essential knowledge and understanding of a range of biological concepts and scientific methods. Topics explore key concepts in Biology including: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems; biodiversity, evolution and disease; Communication, homeostasis and energy and exchange and transport. Topic knowledge is assessed in the written examinations and in the practical endorsement, which will allow you to develop a good set of skills in the laboratory through experimental activities that support the teaching of each topic. Biological mathematics and problem-solving skills are fully integrated into teaching and learning.


The A Level in Biology A specification content is divided into six teaching modules and each module is further divided into key topics. Each module is introduced with a summary of the biology it contains and each topic is also introduced with a short summary text. They are: 

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology

1.1 Practical skills assessed in a written examination

1.2  Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement

Module 2 – Foundations in biology

2.1.1 Cell structure

2.1.2 Biological molecules

2.1.3 Nucleotides and nucleic acids 

2.1.4 Enzymes

2.1.5 Biological membranes

2.1.6  Cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation

Module 3 – Exchange and transport

3.1.1 Exchange surfaces

3.1.2 Transport in animals

3.1.3 Transport in plants

Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease

4.1.1 Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system

4.2.1 Biodiversity

4.2.2 Classification and evolution

Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy

5.1.1 Communication and homeostasis

5.1.2 Excretion as an example of homeostatic control

5.1.3 Neuronal communication

5.1.4 Hormonal communication

5.1.5 Plant and animal responses

5.2.1 Photosynthesis

5.2.2 Respiration

Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

6.1.1 Cellular control

6.1.2 Patterns of inheritance

6.1.3 Manipulating genomes

6.2.1 Cloning and biotechnology

6.3.1 Ecosystems

6.3.2 Populations and sustainability.


How will it be delivered?

You will sit three examinations at the end of your two years of study: 

Paper 1: Biological Processes: 

A 2 hour 15 minute written exam contributing 37% to your final A Level grade 

Paper 2: Biological Diversity: 

A 2 hour 15 minute written exam contributing 37% to your final A Level grade 

Paper 3: Unified Biology: 

A 1 hour 30-minute written exam contributing 26% to your final A Level grade 

Practical Endorsement in Biology 

• A set of practical experiments are covered during the course  

• A pass/fail grade is achieved and is reported separately from the final A level grade 

Entry requirements

GCSE Level 7 in Biology or Combined Science Level 77 

Sixth Form entry also requires:  

• GCSE Level 5 in English and Mathematics 

• Four other GCSE’s at Level 5  

Your next steps...

Many Biology students go on to university to study Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Biochemistry or other Biology based courses. Additionally, some of our students undertake a programme of work experience to support their studies, particularly their laboratory based skills. For example at the local hospital or GP practice.