A Level Biology

Course Content

Biology is one of the most popular A-level subjects in the country, attracting students studying a wide range of other subjects.

Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from microorganisms to mammoths.

Ruislip High School offers the AQA biology course. At a glance, the course covers the following topic areas:

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • How organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • How organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression

How will students be assessed?

AS: Two 1 hour 30 minute exams at the end of Year 12
A-level: Three 2 hour exams at the end of Year 13

The practical biology skills of students are also assessed as part of the exams and include key techniques, such as using microscopes, as well as planning and conducting investigations.

Useful for…

Many students enjoy biology so much that they eventually choose a degree course related to it, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, zoology, marine biology or forensic science.

Others go on to careers in law, computing, accounting or teaching. So, whatever field students will eventually work in, they will find biology a very rewarding and challenging course which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

  • Opportunities to attend lectures at prestigious universities such as Imperial College and UCL
  • Residential field trip to Juniper Hall field centre to develop field work skills, as well as developing teamwork and communication skills