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Biology AS and A Level at Ysgol Dyffryn Aman

Course description

Biology is offered at A and AS Level. The course follows a modular scheme involving two modules at AS level and a further two modules at A2 level.

Course content

A great part of the course deals with how biological systems work, ranging from a study of the systems of the human body, in comparison with those of other animals, to studies of whole ecosystems. Increasingly, aspects of the syllabus are concerned with rapid developments in the fields of Biotechnology and Biochemistry. Practical work is an important part of the subject. This will include microscopy, ecological investigation and biochemical experiments.

Entry requirements

GCSE Point Scores

In advising students as to the most suitable choice of post-16 courses/programmes of study, we use a GCSE 'Point Score' as a benchmark.

The Score is made up from the best six GCSE grades achieved by the student using the following scale:-

A* - 8 points

A - 7 points

B - 6 points

C - 5 points

D - 4 points

E – 3 points

F – 2 points

G - 1 point

This process has been used successfully over a number of years and proved to be an accurate predictor of likely success through the various possible routes of study.

Yellow Route:

  • To study 4 A Level subjects over 2 years – 42 points (minimum) including Maths & English (following consultation)
  • To Study 3 A Level subjects over 2 years points – 30 points (minimum) including Maths & English

Green Route:

  • To study a green route a point score of 30 points from at least 4 separate subjects

N.B. Although, as stated above, these ‘scores’ are good predictors of likely success upon entry into the Sixth Form, each student is treated as an individual and the post GCSE Interview is a very important process. Parents are welcome to be present at these interviews.


Assessment is by means of modular tests and coursework. Tests are taken in June. The practical skills will be assessed by investigations marked by the teacher but moderated externally.

Future opportunities

There is a wide range of careers with a biological basis. Such careers include Medicine, Dentistry, Dietetics and work in the Environment/Conservation related areas.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Dyffryn Aman directly.

Last updated date: 08 November 2016
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