What is A level Biology?

Biology is the study of living organisms, from the molecular biology of virus replication to the study of animals and plants in their natural habitats. Biology is a fascinating subject and includes all the traditional areas of biology as well as the advances in areas such as epigenetics recombinant DNA technology.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades 4–9, across four separate subjects, to include GCSE mathematics and/or English/English language. In addition, a grade 6-6 or above is required in combined science on the higher tier or a 6 in biology. Also, a grade 5 is required in GCSE mathematics.

Subject leader

Andy Harrison

"Through the enthusiasm of its teachers, biology at RSFC goes above and beyond providing you with the essential knowledge and practical skills for university, challenging you to understand the complexities of nature, evolution and what makes us human."

Muzamil Bashir

What will I study?

YEAR 1 Biological molecules, Cells, How organisms exchange substances with their environment,  Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms. YEAR 2 Energy transfers in and between organisms, How organisms respond to changes in the internal and external environments, Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems, The control of gene expression.

Additional activities with this subject

The RSFC Science and Maths Honours Programme includes the college pre-medical society, which is dedicated to helping students aiming to study Medicine at university. The society works to make sure students are as well prepared as possible for the challenging applications process for Medicine courses and supports students with finding work experience. We also offer the Science in Society and CREST honours strands. Science in Society allows students to study a wider range of issues within Science than is possible during their A level classes, whilst the CREST programme lets students undertake a research project on a topic of their choice and gives them the opportunity to work with professional scientists. Trips available in the department include trips to Chester Zoo and the University of Manchester


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