Biology A Level

Level Three
Exam Board: AQA
Assessment: 100% Examination, Separate Practical Endorsement

Course Content

AS and first year of A-level

  1. Biological molecules
  2. Cells
  3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

Second year of A-level

  1. Energy transfers in and between organisms
  2. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  3. Genetics, populations, evolution and eco-systems
  4. The control of gene expression

Why Study Biology?

Biology is a popular choice at A level, and a wide range of subjects complement the course. Biology goes well with Physics and Chemistry for students following a scientific career pathway. Other popular combinations include Biology with Maths, Biology with Geography, Biology with Psychology, Biology with PE, and indeed most other A-Level courses!

The study of A-level Biology allows students to develop detailed knowledge and understanding of living organisms and life processes. From life chemicals to cells, from tissues to organs, from organ systems to organisms, students gain an insight into the amazing complexities and astonishing truths about life on Earth. Students are given the opportunity to develop practical and analytical skills in addition to acquiring scientific knowledge and understanding. As well as stimulating natural curiosity, the challenging course should prepare you well for employment or higher education. Biology is a facilitating subject and is recognised by all Universities.

Why choose The Deanery?

We have a dedicated team of staff who are experienced, passionate about the subject and committed to your success. You will enhance your practical skills and understanding with use of specialist A-Level equipment such as binocular microscopes, colorimeters and electrophoresis kits.


A wide range of extra-curricular activities will be available to you including a freshwater stream study to examine Biodiversity, a visit to Chester Zoo to study Classification, and a residential field course in collaboration with Edge Hill University to carry out field techniques. Our highest performing students compete in the Society of Biology Quiz at a local University where they attempt to out-smart other high-flying Biologists from the North West.


Results! In 2018 we had 100% A-C grades at A2, and all students had positive Value Added Scores meaning that overall our students do better than national averages.

Our Students Say

The teachers are very helpful, providing everything you could ever need. The class sizes are small, so more consideration is given to every individual. The location, familiarity and the atmosphere played a big part when choosing this college!

What could this subject lead to?

A-Level Biology is an excellent preparation for degrees in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Nursing, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Conservation, Neuroscience, Biomedical-Sciences, Agriculture, Physiology, Genetics, Food Science and other related courses, even science-based Journalism. Many students have pursued careers in the paramedical services, industry and teaching.