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Biology A Level at Malbank School and Sixth form College

Course description

By studying biology at A Level you will learn to understand the living world, to sense the wonder of evolution, to catch the excitement of genetic engineering, to think independently, to challenge widely-held beliefs, to appreciate the delicate ecological balance that sustains life on Earth, and to answer fundamental questions like "what is life?" If you enjoyed biology at GCSE, and would like to delve into it in more depth, then A Level biology is the course for you.

Course content


  • BIOL 1 - Biology and Disease - 1 Hour 15 Minute Written Paper
  • BIOL 2 - The Variety of Living Organisms - 1 Hour 45 Minute Written Paper
  • BIO3T - Investigative and Practical Skills - Supervised Task (Centre Assessed Unit)


  • BIOL 4 - Populations and Environment - 1 Hour 30 Minute Written Paper
  • BIOL 5 - Control in Cells and in Organisms - 2 Hours 15 Minute Written Paper
  • BIO6T - Investigative and Practical Skills - Supervised Task (Centre Assessed Unit)

Entry requirements

It is recommended that students who take this subject at A level have had previous experience in GCSE Additional Science or GCSE Biology with a grade B in either.

Future opportunities

Previous students have gone on to study: medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, radiography, nursing, chiropody, psychology, forensic science, archaeology, marine biology, biological science, ecology, sports studies, biochemistry, accountancy and even teacher training! Don't worry if you don't yet know what you want to do. A Level Biology provides a useful background to a wide variety of further and higher education courses.

Further information

You will cover a broad range of biology theories and principles, including lifestyle, transport, genes and health, plants and the environment, research skills, the natural environment and species survival, energy, exercise and co-ordination and practical biology and investigative skills.

You will leave the A Level Biology course with a broad range of knowledge of how living systems work, including the principles of genetics, molecules, taxonomy, natural selection, evolutionary theory, global warming, bacteria and viruses, amongst others. In addition you will learn:

  • Problem solving and working to briefs
  • You will learn numeracy skills to work out the answers to mathematical problems
  • You will learn literacy skills to describe and explain intricate behaviours
  • You will learn a huge range of practical skills in order to carry out subtle investigations with hazardous chemicals
  • You will learn to ask questions and probe into explanations, in order to put scientific theories to the test 

The skills that you develop while studying Biology mean that you can do a whole range of other jobs as well, such as management, sales and marketing, ICT and finance.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Malbank School and Sixth form College directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016

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