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Biology A level at The Dukeries Academy

Course description

Year 1

  • Biological molecules
  • Cells
  • Organisms exchange substances with their environment
  • Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

Year 2

  • Energy transfers in and between organisms
  • Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
  • The control of gene expression

Entry requirements

B grade in both GCSE core and additional science’ or achieved B grades in 2 of the Triple Science exams, including Biology at higher level KS4.


There is no coursework on this course. However, your performance during practicals will be assessed.

There are three exams at the end of the two years for A-level, all of which are two hours long. At least 15% of the marks for A-level Biology are based on what you learned in your practicals. The A level has three exams at the end of the 2 years.

Future opportunities

Industry, research, medicine, education, agriculture, conservation – these are all areas of work where biologists are needed. The title of biologist usually means someone with a degree or at least a HND, but there are plenty of openings for people with A Levels to train as technicians or laboratory assistants.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Dukeries Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years