A Level

Exam board: CCEA

The specification is designed to promote continuity, coherence and progression within the study of biology. The A Level award provides a basis for the further study, at tertiary level, of biology and related courses. For those progressing directly into employment, an AS or A Level award is relevant not only in the fields of science, engineering and medicine, but also to areas of commerce and the public service in which problem-solving and practical skills are valued.

The specification helps to provide an understanding of how biological developments affect the environment. The specification also contributes towards an understanding of ethical and cultural issues, thus adding to a full and rounded education.

This specification aims to enable students to:

Course Outline

As one of the most popular A level subject choices, on average 50% of our GCSE pupils choose to continue their study biology to A level.

                   Year 14 completing a small animal dissection as one of their assessed practicals

           Fieldtrip to Greenmount Agricultural College to learn sampling techniques in Year 13

Many of our A level students continue their studies at higher education. They choose a wide variety of courses which include:

Revision Material

We would encourage pupils to make extensive use of past papers as part of their independent study routine. These can be accessed at:


The specification is useful for revision purposes and can be accessed at:


There are a number of revision guides that accompanies the course, which may be purchased either online or in local book shops.

AS1: https://www.amazon.co.uk/CCEA-Unit-Biology-Student-Guide/dp/147186300X/ref=la_B00CTPU9QE_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1528748192&sr=1-3

A21: https://www.amazon.co.uk/CCEA-Unit-Biology-Student-Guide/dp/1471863034/ref=dp_ob_title_bk