KS5 (Years 12 & 13)

Examination Board: AQA

At A-level, students follow the AQA biology specification. At AS and A2, the course is examined with two written papers as well as an investigative and practical skills unit.

At AS, the course contains 2 parts: unit 1 (biology and disease) and unit 2 (the variety of living organisms). At A2, the course also contains 2 parts: unit 4 (populations and environment) and unit 5 (control in cells and in organisms).

Many students progress to study life sciences at university, including bio medical sciences, Dentistry and Veterinary Science. Studying biology equips you with critical and analytical skills necessary to confront complex problems relevant to a wide range of careers such as those associated with the health service or pharmaceutical industry, medical research, teaching, accounting, the civil service, law, scientific journalism or management, among others.