Biology A Level (AQA)

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics

What will you be working towards?

Code F3
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This course will support you in developing essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of biology and how they relate to each other. You will develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods, and develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills.

You will develop your interest in and enthusiasm for biology, and begin to understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.



Units (Mandatory)

Unit 1  Biological molecules; cells; organisms exchange substances with their environment; genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.

Unit 2  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.
Unit 3  Content from units 1 & 2 assessed through structured questions, including practical techniques; critical analysis of given experimental data; one essay from a choice of two titles.


How will it be delivered?

Written examination (2 h) – externally assessed (35%)

Written examination (2 h) – externally assessed (35%)
Written examination (2 h) – externally assessed (30%)

Entry requirements

GCSE at Grade 6+ in Core and Additional Science as well at 5+ in GCSE English and GCSE Maths.

Your next steps...

Biology is one of the most popular A Level subjects in the country, attracting students studying a wide range of other subjects. Many enjoy the subject so much they eventually choose a biologically related degree course.

Others go on to careers in law, computing, accounting or teaching. So, whatever field you will eventually work in, you will find biology a very rewarding and challenging course which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career.