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Biology A Level at Devonport High School for Boys

Course description

Biology is the study of living organisms, the physical and chemical processes going on within them, and their interactions with their surroundings. The depth and breadth of the subject, and its applications in modern society, have grown enormously in recent years, and an advanced understanding of the subject is proving useful in an increasing variety of courses and careers. The subject provides a rigorous education for developing knowledge, understanding and the application of ideas, as well as developing investigative skills.

Course content

A Level Biology – Modules 1 to 6
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 Communications, homeostasis and energy
Module 6 Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for the A level Biology course is either:
- A high B grade (minimum 310 UMS) in both GCSE Biology and either Chemistry or Physics
- A high B grade in both Science A and Additional Science (minimum 310 UMS).

It is strongly recommended that prospective candidates have reasonable confidence in their abilities in Chemistry.


Students are taught for 4 hours per week in mixed ability sets. Practical lessons are aimed at developing the skills required to pass the new endorsed practical assessments.

Future opportunities

Biology opens many doors in higher education and the workplace. Advanced understanding of Biology is essential for prospective doctors, veterinarians and physiotherapists, and also for geneticists, dieticians, dentists and biotechnologists. The course will be of interest to those considering careers in social care and public planning as well as providing ‘education for life’.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 May 2017

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