Choosing Biology

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.

You can study Biology at:

Course Prerequisites Duration Lessons Practical/Tutorial Sessions
Advanced Level A minimum of grade 5 at SEC Level (MQF Level 3) or equivalent is required 2 years 5/6 lessons per week 1 tutorial per week 1 practical (2 lessons) per week
Intermediate Level

No previous knowledge is required

2  years 3 lessons per week N/A

Refresher (Advanced)

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

1 year 5 lessons per week

1 tutorial per week &
1 practical
(2 lessons) per alternate week

SEC Level

Preferably subject must have been studied at SEC Level

1 year  course 4/5 lessons per week 1 practical (1 lesson per week)if required

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 Advanced level and Ordinary 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