A-level Biology is a reformed two year course culminating in three written papers at the end of the second year.   We follow a traditional specification which allows you to explore key areas of biology in depth leading to greater understanding. You can follow a link here to the specification for WJEC Biology

Biology can be studied with a variety of other A-level courses or combined with other sciences such as Chemistry and Maths. It prepares you for a wide range of degree courses leading to careers in medicine, veterinary and forensic science, science journalism and many, many more. If you are thinking of taking a science degree you should study biology with two other subjects from science and maths.

Trips and Visits

Paston has strong links with the Norwich Research Park which means you will be able to take part in activities there and use their facilities. This enriches your study of Biology and helps with university applications. In previous years students have won prestigious Nuffield scholarships to take part in research at the UEA. You will visit the internationally famous John Innes Centre in Norwich and see cutting edge Biology in action.

Paston students visiting the glasshouses during a trip to the John Innes Centre, Norwich.      

Paston students visiting the seed bank at the John Innes Centre, Norwich.


International field trips are a key feature for our Biology students. Recent trips have included South Africa and Honduras, where students have contributed to real biological research projects and had opportunities to study contemporary issues such as coral reef destruction.

Paston students on an Operation Wallacea expedition to Honduras.