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About the course…

Have you ever wondered why your siblings look like you? How medicines work? Why DNA is so important? Whether clones exist?

A Level Biology will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of biology. You will learn how to apply your knowledge, investigate and solve problems in a range of contexts. 

Based in our spacious, modern laboratories, the course covers a range of engaging topics. This includes, cloning and biotechnology, biodiversity, ecosystems, exchange and transport in animals and plants, cell structure, homoeostasis, biomolecules, populations and sustainability, the nervous system and disease pathogenesis. 

Why study with us…

  • Each year, students interested in a career in medicine and health care take part in the James Paget University Hospital Senior Healthcare Academy in order to gain hands-on experience. 
  • You will have the opportunity to complete environmental field work at Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve in the summer of Year 12.
  • You will hear from guest speakers about current biological issues and attend university workshops. Enrichment sessions are run by CEFAS personnel on marine biology and the UEA on cutting-edge genetic techniques.  

Where Biology can take you…

A Level Biology is an excellent base for a healthcare-related university degree, such as medicine, veterinary and dentistry courses, as well as the biological science, biochemistry, marine biology and environmental science.

Career routes include medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, radiology, veterinary studies, medical research, nutrition and dietetics, pharmacology, drug research, environmental surveying, plant pathology and many more.

Entry requirements…

  • Must meet overall entry criteria for A Level study
  • You will need a minimum grade 6 in Science (core) and a 6 in Additional Science or GCSE Biology
  • If you wish to study two or more A Level Science or Maths courses, you will need to meet the entry criteria for a Science A Level programme too

Course Alumni

Samantha Peak

Studied: Biology, Chemistry and Maths

Next Steps: Studying Veterinary at Harper Adams University

I really enjoyed the challenging parts of my courses, it pushed me to do better.