AS/A Level Biology

Start Date

Mon Sep 09 2024

Day / Time



1 year



AS/A Level Biology

Biology is relevant to every aspect of your life.

An understanding of the principles of biology will allow you to appreciate not only how our bodies work and how diseases stop them working, but also the fragility of life on Earth.

In addition, a biologist understands the potential benefits and dangers of genetic engineering.

Once you grasp the full significance of biology be prepared to look at the world in a new light because some day a biologist may change it beyond recognition.

To study biology you must be prepared to ask difficult questions.

You have to reject the bland unscientific statements and sound bites that the media throw at you and be prepared to appreciate everything around you from a biological standpoint.

It has to be said that you will have to learn a lot of detailed facts and apply them in an intelligent manner.

If you are inquisitive about the world, you will love biology.

What can I study alongside this A Level?

Many of our students who choose to study biology, will also study another science subject and/or maths.

However, there are grade implications with this subject. An 7-9 (A/A*) grade at GCSE in science must be achieved to secure your place on this course.

You could also choose to study psychology or English alongside biology.

Year 1 - AS Level

The first year in biology places a great emphasis on knowledge and understanding of key biological theory:

  • Breathing
  • Cells
  • Circulation
  • Classification
  • Differentiation
  • Digestion
  • Disease
  • Diversity
  • Enzymes
  • Exchange
  • Genetic code
  • Immunity
  • Molecules
  • Pathogens
  • Reproduction
  • Risk factors
  • Transport systems
  • Variation

Year 2 - A Level

The second year modules lead to a full A Level in biology and the emphasis is on application and analysis of the key concepts learnt on the AS course plus concepts of:

  • Co-ordination
  • Ecosystems
  • Energy transfer
  • Gene cloning techniques
  • Gene expression
  • Homeostasis
  • Inheritance
  • Mutations
  • Nutrient cycles
  • Photosynthesis
  • Populations
  • Respiration
  • Selection

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