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Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form

Biology A


 A Level

Exam Board


Entry Requirements

  • GCSE English - Grade 4
  • GCSE Maths - Grade 6
  • GCSE Combined Science - Grade 66
  • Or 2 Grade 6s in the single Science if you sat Triple Science

Course Overview

A Level Biology A will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of biology. It covers the key concepts of biology and practical skills are integrated throughout the course. This combination of academic challenge and practical focus makes the prospect of studying A Level Biology A highly appealing.

You will learn about the core concepts of biology and about the impact of biological research and how it links to everyday life.

You will learn to apply your knowledge, investigate and solve problems in a range of contexts.

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology
  • Module 2 – Foundations in biology
  • Module 3 – Exchange and transport
  • Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease
  • Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy
  • Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

Assessment Methods

There are four components that students must complete:

  • Biological processes (01) – 2 hour 15 minute paper
  • Biological diversity (02) – 2 hour 15 minute paper
  • Unified biology (03) – 1 hour 30 minute paper
  • Practical endorsement in biology (04) – a non-exam assessment
  • A wide range of question types including: multiple choice, short answers and extended response questions

Exams taken at the end of the two years.

QE6 Extras / Co-Curriculum Opportunities

  • University lecture days
  • Biology live events
  • Field trips and visits


The potential for University Degree Courses is immense.

These include:

Health and Medical Sciences, Biosciences / Applied Biology, Biochemistry, Sports Science / Physical Education, Anthropology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Teacher Training, Ecology, Botany, Zoology, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biophysics and many more.