Havant Sixth Form College

A Levels: Biology

Why study Biology?

A Level Biology will help you make sense of the living world around you. You’ll study the biology of plants and animals, human health and performance and the wider natural environment. You can progress to study a wide variety of courses at university, from agriculture to zoology. For medicine, it remains important. 

What will I study?

Many of the topics you will study at A Level will sound familiar to you, for example: cells, DNA and mitosis exchange and transport, biodiversity, evolution and disease. In your Second Year, your topics will include nerves and hormones, respiration and photosynthesis, the kidney, ecology, genetics and cloning.

How will I be assessed?

By written exams. At the end of your Second Year you will sit three exams: biological processes, biological diversity and unified biology. Each exam will test your knowledge of the content as well as your ability to interpret data and experimental design. There is also a practical endorsement which is not part of your overall grade but is a separate certificate.

What are the entry requirements?

The entry requirements to an A Level programme is five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Mathematics.

You will also need GCSE grade 6 or above in mathematics and two sciences.

What Havant adds to this

Our location offers lots of opportunities for fieldwork. We visit Sussex and Portsmouth universities to use their equipment. We enter the Biology Olympiad, invite guest speakers to give talks and visit places like the Natural History Museum, Kew Gardens, the National Oceanography Centre and the Royal Society. You’ll also have the chance to take Open University modules as extensions to your regular studies.

Your destinations with this course

Biology A Level is welcomed by all universities for a whole range of courses.


Many of our students go on to related degrees in subjects such as: biology, medicine, veterinary science, nursing, midwifery, biochemistry, biotechnology, biomedicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, audiology, occupational therapy, optometry, dietetics, paramedic science, marine biology, ecology, forensic science, genetics, microbiology, neuroscience, pharmacy, pharmacology, zoology, equine science, agriculture and sport science.



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