Why choose this specification?

Teachers like:

  • the content of the course
  • the way the course challenges students as well as offering the chance for all students to demonstrate their skills
  • the transparent, clear layout of the specification – what you see is what you get
  • the support AQA offers, such as Enhanced Results Analysis (ERA) and the teacher materials available from e-AQA
  • the flexibility around the marking of the internal assessment.

Students like:

  • discovering how interesting Biology is as a subject
  • the way A-level Biology is suitable for study alongside a range of subjects
  • the skills the specification helps them develop.

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.


  • schemes of work
  • publisher text books, including those available from Nelson Thornes, Hodder and Collins Education
  • quick, easy access to secure key materials
  • teacher resource bank
  • Enhanced Results Analysis (ERA)
  • online standardising training
  • online webinars
  • email and phone advice from the subject team and assessment advisers.

Overlap with other qualifications

There are some overlaps with AQA A-level:

  • Human Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics A Traditional
  • Science in Society
  • Psychology A
  • Applied Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Applied GCE in Health and Social Care.


Students can re-sit a unit any number of times within the shelf-life of the specification. The best result for each unit will count towards the final qualification.

Private candidates

Private candidates must have Units 3 and 6 supervised and assessed by an AQA school or college. For more information, please see our Private candidates page.

Follow-on study

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. 


"AQA provides a very good level of support in terms of customer services and resources...I am an extensive user of the ERA and e-AQA and I wouldn't be without them. They are really useful tools for tracking progress." 

Teacher of A-level Biology 2410