What A-levels do you need to study biology?
Calling all future scientists! We’ve done the research to help you with what subjects to take if you're serious about studying biology at uni.
- Essential A-levels for biology
- Useful or handy A-levels for biology
- Other typical A-levels taken by biology students
- Examples of university entry requirements for biology
Other degree subjects with similar A-level requirements
A-level subjects for biology
What A-level subjects are needed or essential for biology?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, although a few may accept you with any science subject.
- many courses also require at least one from chemistry, physics or maths – preferences for particular subjects vary between universities.
Find out more about university entry requirements.
What A-levels are useful for biology?
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Other typical A-levels taken by current biology students
Take a look at individual biology courses on Which? University to find out the most popular subjects students studied before starting their biology degree.
Examples of biology degree requirements
Below is a range of Bachelor of science (with Honours) courses offered by different universities and the A-level entry requirements they ask for (as of 11 April 2018):
University of Portsmouth: ‘112 Tariff points to include 3 A levels, with Biology at grade B. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.’
The University of Chester: 'B,C,C-B,B,C. The Department requires one of the following subjects as essential for entry: GCE A Level: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science’
University of St. Andrews: 'A,A,A. To include Biology and one of the following science subjects: Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics. Subjects excluded: Citizenship Studies, Critical Thinking, Global Perspectives and Research (GPR) and General Studies.'
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Other similar degree subjects
Bear in mind that these similar subjects may have slightly different A-level requirements to biology, so if you want to keep your degree options open, be sure to check the entry requirements of specific courses before making your choices.