Firstly, students enjoy A Level Biology as it gives a wide range of learning experiences. These include practical work and dissections as well as practice exam questions. You will take part in lots of interactive activities designed to support your understanding of the theoretical concepts.

The course covers a wide variety of fundamental biological principles. It also covers how this knowledge is used in the 21st century, for example in stem cell research. A Level Biology will lead to a range of purely biological sciences at university. However, it is essential for a career in clinical professions such as medicine and veterinary science. A Level Biology is also a big advantage for other areas of study such as forensics.

A Level Biology Resources

4 fully equipped laboratories including for example;

  • Equipment for class practical work
  • Equipment for individual research investigations
  • Interactive whiteboards
  • Data logging equipment for real-time data capture
  • Quality light microscopes for experimental work
  • Centrifuges for organelle separation
  • Electrophoresis equipment for nucleic acid analysis
  • Computer workstations, all students also have access to a computer suite
  • Biological models

Where does A Level Biology lead?

There are many careers for which A Level Biology is either essential or very useful. These include – zoology, medicine, nursing, dentistry, physiotherapy, forensics, criminology, and veterinary science. Other careers include pharmacy, pharmacology, biochemistry, sports therapy, psychology, speech therapy, forestry, biotechnology, food science, microbiology, radiography, teaching, business, science writing or art.

Course Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Biology or 66 in Combined Science plus grade 5 in GCSE Maths and grade 4 in English Language.

Biology Course Leaflet

Click the link below to view the Course Introduction video

Click here to view the 360 tour of the Biology classroom

Exam Board Course Specification


SciSoc is a society for those students looking to study a Science related degree at Oxbridge or another prestigious university.
View the SciSoc video

If you are aspiring to have a career in Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science, then take a look at our MDV Programme
View the Med, Dent, Vet Programme video

What Our Students Say…

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Biology Alumni

Sam Roberts – Neuroscience, UCLan

Ashley Tyrer – Neuroscience, Edinburgh University

Jain Saji – Medicine, Birmingham University

Hamdan Baker – Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London

Daniel Ventre – MBiol Biosciences Integrated Masters, Durham University

Chloe Liderth– Pharmacology, Liverpool University

Yasmin Baker – Medicine, Imperial College London

A Level Biology News

Former student receives LJMU Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship

Biology Students Visit Malham Tarn

A Level Biology Olympiad Success 2019

Biology Olympiad Success!

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What Our Students Say

Studying at Carmel has really helped me to become a well-rounded person. My teachers are very supportive and always happy to offer help and advice when I need it. What I enjoy about Biology is the combination of practical and scientific knowledge that can be applied to theories and everyday life. I like that the Biology department provides concise booklets for each topic we study in class which provide valuable knowledge tailored to the specification.

The department also provides opportunities for students to achieve to the best of their ability by setting ‘stretch and challenge’ questions and involvement in competitions such as the Biology Olympiad. Not only does this stand out on university applications, but I’ve also found this really useful because it tests my knowledge of the course and allows me to go beyond the specification, aiding my lateral thinking skills.

When I leave college, I hope to study Medicine. Carmel has provided me with the support and confidence to aim to study such a competitive degree. Carmel’s MedDentVet Club, MedSoc, has helped me improve my personal statement and interview technique, as well as increased my knowledge of current affairs in the medical profession.

Jasmine Lee, Medicine & Surgery, Lancaster University