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Biology A level at Dormers Wells High School

Course description

Biologists study the living world. You will have the chance to learn about and understand key contemporary issues and topics such as DNA fingerprinting, genetic
engineering and some of the latest advances in medicine and biotechnology.
Biology is a popular but challenging subject. You will need to be dedicated and
well organised. Wide reading around the subject area will give a solid base to build

Course content

The course content covers the circulatory system and health risks, genetics and health,
genome biology, biodiversity and ecology, photosynthesis, the immune system, physiological adaptation and the nervous system.
There is a strong focus throughout the course on the development of practical skills through completion of a series of core experiments. This both prepares students
for the practical focus of the third examination unit and develops their competence as
independent investigators.

Entry requirements

A grade B in GCSE Biology or a grade B in Additional Science (subject to performance in individual subject exam papers). Preferably a grade 5 in GCSE English and Maths (high grade 4 equivalent will be considered via interview). Three further A*-C GCSE
passes are also required.


Paper 1:

  • The natural environment and species survival
  • 30% of A Level

Paper 2:

  • Energy, exercise and co-ordination
  • 30% of A Level
Paper 3:
  • General and practical applications in biology - this will draw on understanding from all topics, including questions with a strong practical focus and some based on
  • pre-release material
  • 40% of A Level

Future opportunities

Biology is a solid basis for a university course or career in science, medicine or

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dormers Wells High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
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