Human Biology A Level

Course code: AL3BH

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What will I do on this course?

Human Biology is a popular and highly successful course. It complements and can be studied with a wide range of other subjects. However, it is complete in itself and is a useful educational experience for students not intending to study human biology at a higher level.

The modules for Biology and Human Biology are similar. However, the specific details and depth of each topic varies. This course will allow you to develop a greater awareness of many aspects of human biology.

AS Modules studied in Year 1

  • Module 1: Molecules and Cell Structure
  • Module 2: Biodiversity and Physiology.

A2 Modules studied in Year 2

  • Module 4: Metabolism, Microbiology and Homeostasis
  • Module 5: Inheritance and Ecosystems

All modules include a high proportion of practical work.

Course assessment

  • Modules examined in Year 1 - Module 1 & 2: written exam
  • Modules examined in Year 2 - Module 4 & 5: written exam
  • Coursework: Modules 3 and 6: Practical assessments conducted over the two years (externally marked)

Special features

You will have the opportunity to be involved in a number of out-of-college activities, some of which are compulsory. These include revision lectures and an educational visit to Bristol Zoo. Also there may be a chance to join us on a cultural and biological international visit, the last two destinations being to Belize and Uganda.


Best points score for a Non-selective State School for Boys taking Human Biology AS Level in ‘The Good Schools Guide A Level Awards 2006’ for teaching excellence.

Next step

Studying human biology will allow you to enter a number of careers, including medicine, nursing, physiotherapy and sport science. It also prepares you for further study in areas such as biotechnology and forensic science.

Student destinations

Students have progressed onto a wide range of medical and biological related degrees at many universities including Cambridge, Cardiff, Exeter, Plymouth, Bristol, Bath and Birmingham.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades A* - C or equivalent. Students must have studied higher tier Maths and Science. A grade B in Single Award Biology or grade BB in Double Award Science AND grade B in Maths is preferred.


  • Trips £40 per year approx, see ‘Special features’ section.
  • Lab Coat £20 approx.
  • Scientific calculator £8 approx (essential).


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