A level


The course is developed from 8 main themes covering: Biological Molecules, Cells, Exchange Surfaces, Genetics, Energy Transfer, Organism Response, Population Genetics and Control of Gene Expression. The content of the course is detailed and will test your analytical skills to the limit. Biology is, of course, a practical subject and you will develop your practical skills through regular practical work. Lessons will also include theoretical Biology using a variety of techniques to support and develop your theoretical understanding.


A good GCSE grade in Combined Science or Biology and Mathematics (Above a level 6 is recommended).


The Science department will loan all equipment including lab coats, goggles and dissection kits. You will also be issued with a lab book to record your practical work.


Successful students demonstrate an inquisitive mind, good analytical skills and a strong work ethic.


This is a linear course with all exams at the end of the course. This will be in the form of 3 written papers, each lasting 2hrs. The first 2 papers cover content from years 1 and 2 respectively, the third paper can assess any content from the course and includes an essay question and critical analysis of experimental data. All papers will also examine relevant practical skills. Students will also work towards their practical endorsement through the completion of a series of required practicals throughout the course.


A level Biology is a facilitating subject which provides a sound basis for entry into higher education, it will give a good grounding for careers in science and technology, such as, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary science, paramedic science, research and other careers in the health service. It also supports careers in conservation, environmental studies, biotechnology, genetics and many more.


I was wanting to follow a career in Medicine so Biology was a real ‘no brainer’ for me, the support I received at Malton was fantastic and put me in a great position for study at university.”

Interesting to look into topics in more depth than GCSEs, at why things are the way they are, but it is big step up from GCSE, and requires that bit more effort and drive.

Biology is really interesting and you are constantly learning exciting new things.”