Biology is the science of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, evolution, and distribution. Organisms studied range from simple one-celled organisms not seen with the naked eye (micro-organisms) to large complex organisms such as human beings. It includes botany and zoology, the study of plant life and animal life respectively.

A level students attend practical sessions including two fieldwork activities (one coastal fieldwork), a nature walk and a dissection week during which students explain the structure of organs such as the heart to other students. The Biology department also organises a brief work experience for its students at the beginning of summer.

Special Considerations

  • Advanced/Intermediate Biology cannot be taken with Intermediate Environmental Science.
  • For SEC level students, practical sessions are available only for beginners.

Recommended Textbooks

Students will be informed at the start of the course

The teaching programme is supplemented by:

  • Fieldwork activities
  • Site visits (for A level and O level students)

Further Studies / Career Opportunities

  • University of Malta
  • MCAST
  • Institute of Tourism Studies
  • Careers in field biology and agriculture, forensic science, education psychology and health care

You can study Biology at:

Advanced Level

Prerequisites

A minimum of grade 5 at SEC Level (MQF Level 3)
or equivalent is required

Duration

2 years

Lessons

6 lessons per week

Practical / Tutorial Sessions

1 tutorial per week 
2 practical lessons per week

Intermediate Level

Prerequisites

No previous knowledge
is required

Duration

2 years

Lessons

3 lessons per week

Practical / Tutorial Sessions

N/A

SEC Level

Prerequisites

Preferably subject must have been
studied at SEC Level

Duration

1 year course

Lessons

4 lessons per week

Practical / Tutorial Sessions

2 practical  lessons per week

Refresher (Advanced)

Prerequisites

Students must have previously completed the
two year course in any institution

Duration

1 year

Lessons

6 lessons per week

Practical / Tutorial Sessions

2 practical lessons per week