Based at the Workington Academy site.

Examination Board


Entry Criteria

  1. Either Grade 6 in Biology or Grade 6-6 in Combined Science
  2. Grade 6 in Mathematics


Why you should study Biology

Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from microorganisms to mammoths. Biology is one of the most popular A Level subjects in the country, attracting students studying a wide range of other subjects.

Many of these students enjoy the subject so much they eventually choose a biologically related degree course. Others go on to careers in law, computing, accounting or teaching. So, whatever field you will eventually work in, you will find biology a very rewarding and challenging course which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career.

Course Content

  1. Biological molecules
  2. Cells
  3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
  5. Energy transfers in and between organisms (A-level only)
  6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments (A-level only)
  7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A-level only)
  8. The control of gene expression (A-level only)

Skills Developed, Progression and Possible Future Careers

A-level Biology is a great choice for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, nursing and forensic science. Knowledge/skills developed:

  • A critical awareness of current social and environmental issues and an understanding and respect for living things.
  • Analytical, evaluative and synoptic skills.
  • Practical skills, including the ability to plan and manipulate data.