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Saving threatened species, feeding people, GM organisms, curing diseases…the twenty-first century offers many challenges to a biologist.


AQA A Level Biology

Unit 1: Biological Molecules

Learn the foundations of A-level Biology with knowledge of the structures that make up carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, water, ATP and ions to understand how they function.

Unit 2: Cells

Discover the microscopic world of mitosis, uncover the detail that organelles provide, the structure of prokaryotic cells, DNA, viruses and cells of the function of cells within the immune system.

Unit 3: Exchange Surfaces

Uncover the details of gills in fish and spiracles in insects. Understand how haemoglobin functions with the details of the digestive system in the human body; not forgetting how water and sugar are transported in plants.

Unit 4: Genetic Information

Who knew the inner workings of genetic materials could be so complex; learn how specific proteins are made, how mutations result in genetic diversity which link to the range of species we have on our planet; biodiversity?

Unit 5: Bioenergetics

The depths of respiration and photosynthesis at its finest, not forgetting how this links to nutrient cycles!

Unit 6: Homeostasis

Find out the details of the nervous system and how you control your temperature, sugar and water levels.

Unit 7: Populations and Evolution

Explore how populations can change over time, leading to species evolving based on different factors that select for different adaptations.

Unit 8: Gene Expression

Transcription, translation, DNA technology and genetic fingerprinting- so much more!

Entry Requirements:

Please refer to The John of Gaunt entry requirements.


You need to complete one year for the AS Level and two years for the A Level.


AS: 2 Papers A2: 3 Papers

Moving on

This course aims to develop an interest in further studies and careers in Physics as well as the wider field where the ability to think logically, understand complex ideas and apply them to the real world is necessary. Whether you want to pursue a career in Science, Education or a host of other fields, Physics will enable you to show you have the skills, knowledge and understanding required.