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    We are in easy reach from various methods of transport:

    94, 237, 266. 207, 260, 283, 228

    Goldhawk Road (Hammersmith and City Line), Ravenscourt Park (District Line)

    Limited parking is available at Hammersmith Academy. Visitors are encouraged to travel via public transport.

    Should you choose to travel by car please be advised that on street parking is available at a cost of £1.10 per half hour (as of April 2013) chargeable between the hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm (Mon-Fri).

    Hammersmith Academy
    25 Cathnor Road
    W12 9JD

    t: 020 8222 6000
    f: 0208 222 6728





A Level Biology

Science stretches the limits of my imagination and creative thought, allowing me to appreciate the world around me, from the seemingly mundane to the astonishingly grand.

Dr Kirwan (Teacher of Science)

Exam Board: AQA

8 or more GCSEs at grades 9-5 including a minimum grade 6 in GCSE Biology or 6/6 in GCSE Combined Science, grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics, and grade 6 in GCSE English.


Biology is one of the most challenging and rewarding A Level courses. Continual developments in genetics, cellular and molecular biology make this an exciting field of study. Biology is always in the headlines. A popular A level subject it attracts students that study a wide range of other subjects. Biology provides students with solid foundation knowledge and understanding of key biological processes. Starting at the cellular level, students will study the components of cells as well as their role in respiration, protein production, enzyme action and DNA replication. Some key systems are also studied in detail including the respiratory and circulatory systems of a number of different organisms. In addition, students also study the hierarchical relationships between organisms, how they are related and their mating behaviour. Students who enjoy the subject can eventually choose a biologically related degree course and others go on to careers in law, computing, accounting or teaching. Whatever field you will eventually work in, you will find this course will help you to develop many of the skills essential for a successful career.

If you love your sciences, then there is an enormous range of career options out there. And it’s not just about medicine, although if you’re looking at mostly range of A* and A at GCSE, then medicine is obviously a fulfilling, if highly competitive, career option. The real challenge for so-called STEM students (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is to build your understanding of the myriad of jobs out there in order to find the most engaging career path for you.


  • Earth Science (for example, meteorologist, hydrologist, soil scientist, environmental scientist)
  • Biological Science (zoologist, embryologist, botanist)
  • Pure & Applied Physics (for example, astronomer)
  • Industrial & Analytical Chemistry (forensic scientist, toxicologist, cosmetic scientist, polymer technologist)
  • Medicine (for example, doctor, radiographer, pharmacist, lab assistant)
  • Engineering (for example, electrical engineer, civil engineer, biomedical engineer, chemical engineer, acoustic engineer)
  • Animal care (for example, veterinary nurse, zoo keeper)
  • Conservation (for example, marine biologist, environmental officer)
  • Construction (for example, scaffolding engineer, surveyor, electrician).

Entry & Training

Science degrees are as many and varied as the career options, with a whole range of diversity even within an individual subject. For example, if you were interested in studying Physics, you could choose to apply for a degree in straight Physics, or Physics with Theoretical Physics, Physics and Music Performance, Physics with Science Education, Physics with Astrophysics, Physics and Business Studies, Physics and Astronomy, Physics and Philosophy, Chemical Physics, Mathematical Physics etc. It will be important to think hard about what interests you and where it will take you and then to spend time researching what is on offer. For this reason we haven’t included a listing of top universities for the three science subjects; there are so many different categories in the STEM subjects – the Guardian League Table lists Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Earth & Marine Sciences and Physics, as well as six different forms of engineering and three different healthcare categories, so a quick league HA league table would be more misleading than helpful. If you need some help in working out which are best universities for your subject, speak to your teacher or the Careers Co-ordinator.

A STEM degree will give you the opportunity to develop excellent subject-specific laboratory techniques, but as sciences overlap with other subjects, you’ll also pick up skills that are useful in other areas. As well as developing strong mathematical/numerical ability, the sciences will give you transferable skills, including analysis and problem-solving, time management and organisation, written and oral communication, monitoring/maintaining records and data, teamwork, IT and technology. You’re also likely to gain an awareness of ethical implications and issues relating to environmental impact and sustainability. For scientists who want to pursue a career straight from school, there are entry level options, including apprenticeship places, for roles such as health improvement assistant, medical laboratory assistant, nursing assistant, clinical trials assistant, power technician and plant maintenance. As with all apprenticeships, the best place to start your search is with the government’s apprenticeship website