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Biology AS/A Level at South Dartmoor Community College

Course description

Biology is an exciting and challenging academic subject. Biology is an expanding and rapidly changing area of study, with such further topics as: medicine, biotechnology, genetics, microbiology and many more. It complements chemistry, psychology, sport science and geography, as well as the other mainstream science A levels.

Course content

The main topics of study are: Biodiversity, exchange and transport, cells, biological molecules, ecosystems, control systems, genetics and evolution, and energy for biological processes.

Entry requirements

At least:
• In triple science – B in GCSE
Biology, as well as a B in at
least one other science (GCSE
Physics or Chemistry)
• In GCSE core/additional science
– AA
• Grade B in GCSE Mathematics
• Grade B in GCSE English


Students’ knowledge, application, and practical skills are continuously assessed throughout the year using in-lesson strategies, home-learning, and end of topic tests. There are regular mock exams based upon exam-style questions to provide both students and staff with a measure of progress.

Mock exams are also used to provide feedback on students’ exam technique and application of knowledge, both of which are essential for success in this purely exam based course. For the A-level course, there are external examinations at the end of year 13. Practical work is integral to the course and students will be examined on their ability to plan, analyse and evaluate experimental designs within the end of course assessments, however their practical skills will not contribute to their end result.

Future opportunities

Non graduate jobs may include healthcare jobs (including nursing training), some forms of laboratory work (eg lab assistant in a school), work in a dental surgery as an assistant, any job requiring attention to detail and practical skills.

Graduate jobs may involve being a Civil Service fast streamer, clinical, cytogeneticist, industrial science researcher, life science researcher, medical sales executive, scientific lab assistants and secondary school teacher.

Further information

There are three dedicated Biology laboratories containing a wide range of apparatus purely available to the Sixth Form biologists. Text books and revision guides will be supplied for each module and many other text books are available for research. The library has a fantastic range of reference materials which are available for extension or self-led studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Dartmoor Community College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years