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Biology A Level at Kingdown School

Course description

The A Level Biology course builds directly from GCSE Biology, or GCSE Additional Science. Several skills are required for success in Biology at A Level – in particular, the ability to work independently and be self-motivated.

Note that the course also requires attendance at additional tutorial sessions after school for some students; a commitment to attend these sessions is a pre-requisite for acceptance onto the A Level Biology course.

Course content

Year 1

Units include the following topics:

Carbohydrates, Lipids, Proteins, Enzymes, DNA, Cells, Transport, Immunity, Gas exchange, Digestion, The Heart, Blood Vessels, Plants, Diversity and Classification.

Year 2

Units include the following topics:

Population Dynamics, Photosynthesis, Respiration, Ecosystems, Nutrient cycles and Succession Senses, Nervous system, Muscles, Homeostasis, Genetics, Cloning and Genetic Fingerprinting.

Entry requirements

GCSE English and Maths (at grades 9-6) plus three other GCSEs grades A*-C.

These should include at least two Science subjects A*-B including Biology or Additional Science or Chemistry and Physics.

Please note: It is preferred that a Post 16 Maths Course is studied alongside other options. 


This course includes 12 assessed practicals in addition to the practical activities that enhance learning in lessons. These provide exciting opportunities for students to develop their investigatory skills.

Future opportunities

This course is an excellent foundation for many further and higher education courses such as medicine, environmental science, genetics, forensics, sports science, physiotherapy, veterinary science, microbiology and psychology

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kingdown School directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2016
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