Biology is the study of the natural world and will take you on a journey through life from the macroscopic environments that drive the biodiversity we see on Earth, through to the microscopic world of the cell and the molecular interactions that drive it. Studying Biology at A level will engage you with the complexities of Biological concepts and enable you to link this to concepts learnt in Chemistry and Physics too. There is a lot of theory to learn and also a great deal of analysis and experimental data. Strong mathematics and reasoning skills are therefore essential.
Assessment is 100% examination-based, with twelve standard experiments being assessed and awarded independently.
It is recommended to study Biology with A level Chemistry to access most of the biological options at university and the right combination is either useful, or essential, if you want to go on to study any biological science, chemistry, sport science or psychology, or any one of the medical professions. Biology is also well supported by Mathematics and, or, Physics.
In addition to our Programme Entry Requirements, applicants must also meet specific Course Entry Requirements:
Grade 6 in Maths and Grade 5 in English Language, Grade 6 in Core Science and Grade 7 in Additional Science; GCSE score of 5.5 or above (N.B. Applied Science not accepted)
Grade 6 in Maths and grade 5 in English Language, Grade 7 in Core Science and Grade 6 in Additional Science; GCSE score of 5.5 or above (N.B. Applied Science not accepted)
Grade 6 in Maths and Grade 5 in English Language, Grade 6 in Biology and Grade 6 in either Chemistry or Physics; GCSE score of 5.5 or above (N.B. Applied Science not accepted)
Please refer to subject combinations below:
Science and maths subjectcombinations:
• Requirement to do Chemistry with either Physics or Biology
• Requirement to do Physics with Maths
• Preference to do Biology with Chemistry