GCSE Biology helps students get a good understanding of the world of living things, from how a basic cell works to the complexities of an ecosystem. This topic-based specification is designed to encourage teachers to adopt a practical enquiry approach which helps students develop practical Science skills.

Its structure allows opportunities for co-teaching and flexibility in curriculum planning because of unit overlaps with the GCSE Science A, Additional Science and Further Additional Science specifications.

It can contribute towards the Science component of the English Baccalaureate if students enter any three of the four separate sciences – GCSE Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Computer Science – and achieve grades A* to C in at least two of them.

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A Level

Examination Board:    AQA

Specification:                7401 (AS), 7402 (A Level)

Course Leader:             Ms A Bevan-Smith

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What Will I Study?

Biology is the natural science concerned with the study of living organisms, ranging from the simplest life forms to the complex systems operating in higher animals, including humans. An understanding of Biology will provide a platform from which to evaluate the effects of a range of factors, both natural and man-made, on the living organisms in our world.

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression

Entry Requirements

Students should hold a minimum of 2 B Grades in Science at GCSE, one of which must be Biology, as well as a Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics.


100% Examination

Students studying A Level Biology will be assessed through three written papers, each 2 hours:

Paper 1 – comprising a mixture of short and long answer questions, with the addition of extended response questions, to a total of 91 marks, and contributing 35% of the A Level

Paper 2 – comprising a mixture of short and long answer questions, with the addition of comprehension questions, to a total of 91 marks, and contributing 35% of the A Level.

Paper 3 – comprising structured questions, including practical techniques, critical analysis and one essay from a choice of two titles, giving a total of 78 marks, and contributing 30% of the A Level qualification.

Where Next?

Biology A Level is ideal preparation for a variety of careers; there is no such thing as a typical biologist. Biologists could work in a number of fields, including medicine, healthcare, agriculture, environment, ecology, conservation, biomedical, education, museums, zoos… the list is extensive.

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