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A Level Course

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
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange subjects with their environment
  • Genetic information
  • Variation and relationships between organisms
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • How organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Genetics
  • Populations
  • Evolution
  • Ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression

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, including at least a 6 in two Sciences and a 5 in 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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