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What A-levels do you need to study biology?

If you’re thinking of taking a biology degree, you’re probably already aware that A-level biology is a must-have. But what are the best subjects to combine it with?

If you’re planning to study a biology or biological sciences degree, unsurprisingly the majority of courses will require you to have A-level biology under your belt, though a few may accept you with any science subject.

Essential A-levels (or equivalent)

  • Biology.
  • Many courses also require at least one from chemistry, physics or maths – preferences for particular subjects vary between universities.
As a general rule of thumb, the A-levels combo that will keep as many options open to you as possible is biology, chemistry and maths. 

Useful A-levels (or equivalent)

  • Chemistry.
  • Maths.
  • Physics.

Other typical A-levels taken by biology students

  • General studies.
Take a look at individual biology courses on Which? University to find out the most popular subjects students studied before starting their biology degree. 

Similar subject areas…

Even similar subjects may have slightly different A-level requirements than those of biology courses, so if you want to keep your degree options open, be sure to check the entry requirements of specific courses before you finalise your choices.


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