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BIOLOGY A Level 3 at Dover Grammar School for Girls

Course description

The aim of this 2 year A Level Biology course is to develop an essential knowledge and understanding of biological processes together with an understanding of the diversity of the living world and practical skills.

The specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of biology.  Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and contributes to the achievement of the Practical Endorsement which is internally assessed.

Course content

The course is organised into 6 modules:

  • Module 1 - Development of practical skills in biology
  • Module 2 - Foundations in biology
  • Module 3 - Exchange and transport
  • Module 4 - Biodiversity, evolution and disease
  • Module 5 - Communication, homeostasis and energy
  • Module 6 - Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

It is important to note that A Level Biology now has a more demanding mathematical content including statistics, which will account for 10% of the A Level.

Entry requirements

  • The minimum requirement is three 6 and three others at a 5
  • At least a grade 4 or above in English and Mathematics
  • You will require a grade 6 or above in most subjects you wish to study at A Level
  • To study Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages or a Science subject you will require a 7 or above
  • To study Economics a grade 7 or above in Mathematics is required and a grade 6 or above in Business or a related subject
  • Students may be able to study a Science subject with a 6 but their 4th option choice must be STEM Access forming part of your Personal Enrichment Pathway
  • For Further Mathematics you will need an 8 or 9 and this will be your 4th A Level subject
  • Photography will also be offered as a 4th A Level option
  • Short courses count as half a GCSE
  • You will need a positive attitude in your chosen subjects and a respect for the school aims, objectives and ethos
  • Commitment to the expectations of the Sixth Form and your school community
  • Study study Biology a grade 6 in Mathematics is preferred



The qualification is assessed through three two hour papers taken at the end of the two year course.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses, which overlap with Biology such as Chemistry, Applied Science, Physics, Geography, Geology or more general subjects that may not relate to the sciences, to prepare for higher education. With further training, you could go into a job related to Biology or one of the other sciences such as a Doctor, Nurse, Scientist or Marine Biologist. The course will also help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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: 21 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years