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Biology - A Level (Linear) at Dover Grammar School for Boys

Course description

We follow the Edexcel (Salters Nuffield Advanced Biology) specification for Biology. This is a 2 year linear course with the main examinations at the end of Year 13.
This course aims to set biology in a context. So if you want to learn why some people suffer from cystic fibrosis while others don’t, and how you can tell the time of death from examining a dead body, then come and join us!


Course content

In Year 12 you will study two units in the first we look at the genetic basis of disease as well as how other factors like diet contribute towards our health. In the second we study biodiversity focusing on the Amazon rain forest and inheritance. There is a strong emphasis on practical work. There are 18 core experiments which are examined in the final examinations. There is also an opportunity to visit a local conservation project during the year which hopefully puts the theory into context.
In Year 13 you will apply your AS knowledge to forensics, which includes learning about the cutting edge technologies of PCR and DNA profiling. There is also a unit looking at some of the world’s current issues, including global warming. A trip to Pegwell Bay to study the salt marsh allows for student bonding over smelly socks and cups of tea! The final units explore the biology of exercise and so link extremely well with Sports Studies. At the end of the course you will be assessed on your practical competencies and your final certificate will be graded pass or fail.
After two years studying biology you will have a sound understanding of the different biological disciplines and be confident to carry out your own investigations.


Entry requirements

Admission to the Sixth Form will be as a result of applicants satisfying all three of the

following criteria:

• at least GCSE grade 5 in both English and Maths

• at least GCSE grade 6 in a minimum of four other subjects

• at least GCSE grade 6 in any subject (except Maths and Further Maths) to be studied at A-Level. For Maths, at least GCSE grade 7 is required and for Further Maths at least GCSE Grade 8 is required

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 24 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years