A level Biology blends theoretical and practical understanding with analytical skills. You will develop a deep understanding of the intricacies of the living world and its interaction with other systems, including its impact on us and us on it. Alongside in-depth knowledge of the biological world, the study of Biology also helps you to develop skills in research, problem solving, organisation and communication.


Gaining an A level in Biology opens up a vast range of opportunities for both university degrees and career options. Biology is a pre-requisite subject for many degrees in Biological Science and Medical related fields of study. Careers directly related to biology include medicine, veterinary science, pharmacy, physiotherapy, biomedical engineering, microbiology, marine biology, conservation and ecology, environmental management, food science, agricultural engineering and zoology. Biology is also a requirement for some Psychology degrees.


‘I think the biggest innovations of the 21st century will be at the intersection of Biology and technology. A new era is beginning.’ ——Steve Jobs.


A level Biology builds directly on the work you will have done for IGCSE/GCSE in the subject. Knowledge of Mathematics is required, and we also strongly recommend that you have studied Chemistry at GCSE or equivalent before embarking on this subject. Merton offers the relevant GCSE courses should you need further prior study.