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Biology A-Level

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What is Biology A-Level?

The biology A-Level course is a natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, evolution, distribution, identification and taxonomy. It is an exciting and rapidly advancing science. Biologists are making an increasing contribution to ensuring the world becomes a healthier and safer place.

What Will You Study?

Biology A-Level Reading List >

  • Biological Molecules
  • Enzymes and Nucleic Acids
  • Cells and Membranes
  • Cell Cycle and Immune System
  • Exchange Surfaces
  • Mass Transport
  • Genetic Information
  • Populations
  • Photosynthesis and Respiration
  • Energy and Ecosystems
  • Survival and Response
  • Homeostasis
  • Inheritance and Evolution
  • Control of Gene Expression
  • Gene Technology

What Next?

Studying Biology will provide you with an excellent opportunity to develop skills that will transfer to a wide range of careers. At university, you can go on to study science-related degree courses. These courses include Biochemistry, Conservation, Dentistry, Ecology, Marine Biology, Medicine, Neuroscience, Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Sports Science, Veterinary Science, and many more! The career opportunities are not limited to these. Additionally, many of our students have left Newman and progressed to degrees in Accounting, Art, Business, Drama, English, Languages, Law and Textiles.

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Entry Requirements for Biology A-Level

At least five 5s at GCSE.Β  If you have studied Combined Science then you need two 6s, however if you have studied separate Sciences you need at least a 6 in Biology and a 6 in either Chemistry or Physics.Β  In addition, you will also need a 5 in both English Language and Maths.

Have you considered studying a Mixed Programme (A-Levels and BTECs)? Whether you’re on target to achieve five 5s in your GCSEs or not there may still be an option to study A-Levels alongside a BTEC qualification at Newman.

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What other subjects go well with this subject?

Chemistry, Maths, Psychology and Physics.

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