Can I Do A Level Biology In One Year?

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Whether you can do A level biology in one year or not is a tricky question. On the one hand, some students may find it doable, whilst other students may fall down drastically. Let’s discuss this debate in more detail to give you a better idea about it.

It depends on the student

Whilst this would certainly be a big challenge, some students might find doing A level biology in one year manageable. However, these would arguably only be the most intelligent, hard-working students.

It would be almost impossible for less able students who don’t put the effort in to do this qualification in one year since there is so much content to learn, not to mention the fact that it is academically challenging.

Students would need to be readily able to pick up concepts and be able to memorise the content quickly. Doing the A level in one year rather than two would halve the time you’d have to prepare for the exam.

Doing A level biology revision in only one year would not be recommended as you may be putting your grade at risk. However, if this is the route you want to go down, it is possible in some cases. But, as explained, only certain students will be up to this challenge. Most would find the difficulty of content and time management incredibly hard.


Doing A level biology in only one year would essentially double your workload in this subject. You’d have to learn the same amount of content in half the amount of time, meaning you’d have to work through the specification rather quickly.

In addition, you will have been introduced to biological knowledge at a later stage, meaning your brain will not be as used to this new knowledge as it would have been if you’d have studied it for two years rather than only one. Students wishing to take biology A level in only one year would be putting massive amounts of pressure on themselves.

A year might seem like a long time, but time does fly because there’s so much to learn. A level stands for ‘Advanced level’ for a reason. Many students are shocked by the huge step-up A levels are from GCSEs. A level biology is so much harder than GCSE biology in workload, the complexity of content, and question difficulty, so pushing yourself to do it in half the amount of time might not be the wisest idea.

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So, if you want the answer as to whether you can do A level biology in one year or not, it really depends on the individual student. Even the most intelligent and hard-working students would struggle with this, but it could be doable. On the other hand, you may want to give yourself the best opportunity to secure a good grade, and doing this in two years rather than one could up your chances.

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