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Biology A Level

Course Overview

A Level Biology will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of biology. It covers the key concepts of biology and practical skills are integrated throughout the course. This combination of academic challenge and practical focus makes the prospect of studying Biology at A Level highly appealing.

You will learn about the core concepts of biology and about the impact of biological research and how it links to everyday life. You will also learn to apply your knowledge, investigate and solve problems in a range of contexts.

Emphasis throughout the course is on increasing knowledge, developing competence and confidence in practical skills and developing problem-solving. We will also discuss how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how science contributes to the success of the economy and society.


Course Components

Year 1 Components

  • Development of practical skills in biology
  • Foundations in biology
  • Exchange and transport
  • Biodiversity, evolution and disease

Year 2 Components

  • Development of practical skills in biology
  • Communication, homeostasis and energy
  • Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

Key Info

Minimum Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including:  

  • GCSE grade 6 in Biology
  • Or one GCSE grade 6 in Combined Science


  • 100% Exam
  • A practical endorsement (based on a series of practical tasks completed in lessons)
  • Exam Board: OCR Specification A


Subject Leads

Miss H Mosley & Miss R Mitchell

Why Choose this Course?

Studying biology is an interesting and challenging learning experience, linking key biological ideas and understanding how they relate to each other.

It opens up a range of possibilities for further study and careers associated with the subject.

Skills You Gain

You will develop many transferable skills including, investigative, problem-solving, research, decision-making, mathematical skills and analytical skills.

By carrying out a range of practical tasks, you will become competent in:

  • Following procedures
  • Applying an investigative approach when using instruments and equipment
  • Working safely
  • Making and recording observations
  • Researching, referencing and reporting.

After Northgate

Biology is an excellent basis for a degree in healthcare, such as medicine, veterinary or dentistry, as well as the biological sciences, such as biochemistry, molecular biology or forensic science.

Biology leads to many career opportunities, including biological research, medical, environmental, sports and science communication. The transferable skills you will learn are useful for many other areas, such as law.

"Biology gives you an interesting perspective into the world around us. I enjoy the mix of practical and theoretical lessons."

Contact Us

Northgate Sixth Form,
Sidegate Lane, Ipswich, IP4 3DL

Tel: 01473 210 123