The study of Biology will give you a deeper appreciation of  life on Earth and living organisms. At this stage, you will gain a broad overview of the many disciplines that make up Biology; such as Zoology, Botany, Ecology and Genetics.

It is an incredibly exciting and dynamic discipline, and scientific knowledge in this area continues to develop significantly.

Examples of areas of possible further study following an A-Level in Biology include Medicine, Veterinary Science, Forensics and Biochemistry.

Biology Past Papers

Past A-Level Papers for Biology can be found here.

Past IGCSE Biology Papers can be found here.

Past GCSE Biology Papers can be found here.


If there are books or websites that you can recommend for other students, please do let us know and we can include them here.

Should you require any further information on suggested material for exam preparation, or suggestions for material that goes beyond the syllabus, you can discuss options with your tutor. Alternatively contact us directly.



The below recommended textbooks comprehensively cover all of the material in the A Level syllabuses.

Advanced Biology Second Edition (Advanced Sciences)

Each topic is clearly presented in a double-page colour spread – including clearly marked areas that go into extra depth beyond A Level. An excellent aid that will support self-study alongside the classroom. The publishers also provide a grid on their website allowing you to cross-check the chapters relevant for your particular syllabus.


Collins Advanced Science – Biology

Similar to “Advanced Biology” – although discusses topics in broader detail. Good for a comprehensive overview and understanding rather than going into significant depth. Easy and clear to read – relevant topics are divided into chapters.


General Interest

Books which are starred (*) are suitable for general interest and appropriate for a popular audience. Please note that some of the books recommended below go well beyond the A-Level Syllabus and are for those students particularly interested in the subject and looking to be stretched. Books marked “Advanced” are Undergraduate level texts.


Physiology of Organisms
J. King: Reaching for the Sun
Widmaier, EP : Why Geese Don’t Get Obese (and We Do): How Evolution’s Strategies for Survival Affect Our Everday Lives
McGowan, C, : Diatoms to Dinosaurs: Size and Scale of Living Things (Penguin Press Science)
Walker, D,: Energy, Plants and Man (Advanced)


Evolution and Behaviour
Barton, et al; Evolution (Advanced)
Holland, P: The Animal Kingdom: A very short introduction*
Dawkins, R.:The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life*
MS Dawkins, Through our eyes only?, O.U.P
R Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, O.U.P.*
J Diamond, The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee, Vintage*
In the Blood: God, Genes and Destiny
L Margulis, The Symbiotic Planet: A new look at evolution, Weidenfield/Nicholson

Biology of Cells
Lewis Wolpert: How we live and why we die: the secret lives of cells*
Alberts, B. et al: Molecular Biology of the Cell (Advanced)
Alberts, B. et al: (2009) Essential Cell Biology (Advanced)
J.M. Berg (2006) 6th Edition, Biochemistry (Advanced)
A.J.F. Griffith et al (2004) 8th Edition An introduction to Genetic Analysis (Advanced)



The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures are available to stream from the RI Website. Highlights include:

Christmas Lectures 2011 – Meet your Brain by Professor Bruce Hood
Exploring the most marvelous structure in the known universe – the human brain.

Christmas Lectures 2009 – The 300 Million Year War by Professor Sue Hartley
The extraordinary world of plants and their continuing battle for survival.

Christmas Lectures 1998 – Staying Alive: The Body in Balance by Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell
How our bodies stay alive and adapt to their environment.

Christmas Lectures 1991 – Growing Up in the Universe by Professor Richard Dawkins
Life, the universe and our place within it.

Christmas Lectures 1973: The Language of Animals by Sir David Attenborough
Exploring the varied and wonderful world of animal language.


Many of David Attenborough’s excellently made documentaries are available to stream from YouTube.

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