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Biology (OCR) at The Duke of York's Royal Military School

Course description

Biology is the study of living things and how they interact with their environment.

Course content

Biology is split into six modules: Modules 1 to 4 constitute the stand-alone AS Level qualification Modules 1 to 6, combined with the Practical Endorsement, constitute the full A Level. Module 1: This module underpins the whole of the specification, and covers the practical skills that students should develop throughout the course. The practical skills in this module can be assessed within written examinations and (for A Level only) within the Practical Endorsement. Module 2: Foundations in Biology includes: Cell structure; Biological molecules; Nucleotides and nucleic acids; Enzymes; Biological membranes; Cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation. Module 3: Exchange and transport Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease includes: Exchange surfaces;Transport in animals; Transport in plants; Communicable diseases; disease prevention and the immune system; Biodiversity; Classification and evolution. Module 5: Communications, homeostasis and energy Module 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems includes: Communication and homeostasis; Excretion as an example of homeostatic control; Neuronal communication; Hormonal communication; Plant and animal responses; Photosynthesis; Respiration; Cellular control; Patterns of inheritance; Manipulating genomes; Cloning and biotechnology; Ecosystems; Populations and sustainability. At AS Level: AS Papers 1 and 2 can assess any content from Modules 1 to 4. At A Level: A Level Paper 1 assesses the content from Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5 A Level Paper 2 assesses the content from Modules 1, 2, 4 and 6 A Level Paper 3 assesses the content from Modules 1 to 6.

Entry requirements

Students should have studied Science and Additional Science to GCSE and normally achieved a B grade in both exams.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 16 January 2018
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  • Start date: Next September


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    • The Duke of York's Royal Military School is based on a beautiful 150-acre site on the outskirts of Dover, Kent.

      With the white cliffs of Dover on our doorstep and on a clear day France can be seen, we offer a state boarding facility with a military ethos.  The school has it's own colours, which were presented by our patron HRH The Duke of Kent.

      With 500 students on roll we can offer a co-educational education to students from YR7 to YR13. We have a dedicated Sixth Form Centre, Centenary House which is the stepping stone from home/school to either University or into the workplace. The school has a set of values:courage, integrity, respect, commitment, loyalty and self-discipline.

      These values are important in every day life as well as life in the classroom.

      As a state boarding school KCC will cover the costs of education and parents are asked to pay for the cost of boarding.

      We welcome applications from military and non-military families with our current on roll students split 50/50 from military and non-military families.

      Our Whole School Open Morning is on Saturday 10th March 09:00 to 12:30.

      To reserve a place please complete the online form via our website: