Course Duration: 2 years Course Level: A Level
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Why study A level Biology?

Biology is a fascinating subject, the study of which will see you learn about the natural world and all the living things within it. Gaining an A-level in this subject opens a vast range of opportunities for both university degrees and career options, many of which can take you all around the world.

Alongside in-depth knowledge of the biological world, biologists also develop skills and understanding of scientific methods, data analysis, observation, correlations, and causal relationships. Furthermore, building relationships with a team by completing practical work and fieldwork.

Course Overview

2-year course of 8 units.

1. Biological molecules

2. Cells

3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment

4. Genetic information, variation, and relationships between organisms

5. Energy transfers in and between organisms

6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems including a fieldtrip

8. The control of gene expression


Biology is a key subject for lots of STEM careers, particularly in Healthcare, Medicine and jobs involving plants or animals. The list is long and includes Nursing, Dentistry, Forensic Science, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Botany, Environmental Science, Zoology, Geology, Oceanography, Pharmaceuticals, Energy, Teaching, science writing, Genetics and research.

What subjects go well with Biology?

Here at SSFC you can study a combination of three subjects. We recommend taking Maths, Chemistry, Psychology and Geography. However, all our other subject offerings will complement Biology too.

Entry requirements

Maths and English at grade 6 or above plus GCSE science subject at grade 6 6 or above.

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