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Biology A Level at St Crispin's School

Course description

A level Biology is a demanding subject and is well suited for those students who like to set themselves challenges and persevere to understand difficult concepts. The content of the course builds significantly on the content acquired at GCSE.

The field of Biology is rapidly changing with significant research happening daily. New areas such as tissue engineering, gene therapy and stem cell research are all receiving global interest and therefore it is the right subject for a scientist to choose as emerging technologies require the synthesis of all three sciences.

Course content


At AS level the main areas of study are on the structure, function and movement of molecules around the cell; the heart and lungs; structure and nature of biological molecules such as DNA and conservation, ecology and health and disease.


At A2 this knowledge is built on and students learn about detailed genetic inheritance and gene technologies, respiration, photosynthesis and how the body works.

Entry requirements

GCSE Additional Science and Core Science at grade B or above or GCSE Biology, Physics and Chemistry at grade B or above.



Future opportunities

Our most recent students have gone on to study veterinary medicine, plant science, zoology and genetics. Other students have used their knowledge and skills to gain entry onto courses such as Psychology, Law and Economics. This year we have two students aiming for medicine, one vet and a plastic surgeon!

A level Biology is an essential requirement for many courses from nursing and midwifery to sports and material sciences or Geography, Geology and Psychology. Most importantly, A level Biology is a subject for those people who like to ask… “why?”

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Crispin's School directly.

Last updated date: 09 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years