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Biology A Level at Poole High School

Course description

Biology involves the study of a wide range of topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and microorganisms to mammoths. Many areas of biology are at the cutting edge of science with vital innovations occurring every year.

Which students do well at A-Level Biology?

• …those who have an interest in living organisms or the natural world

• …those who have an interest in understanding how the human body works.

• …those who can analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific ideas and evidence.

• …those who can link learning form one topic with another and use information to   explain unfamiliar issues.

• …those with a good understanding of chemistry and maths, and good English skills.


Course content

  • Cells, Exchange & Transport
  • Biodiversity
  • Food and Health
  • Biochemistry of living things
  • Homeostasis • Energy
  • Biochemical pathways
  • Genomes 

Entry requirements

  • C in GCSE English
  • C in GCSE Maths
  • GCSE Sciences – Grade B (Physics: + GCSE Maths - Grade B)


  • AS – two written assessment papers
  • A level – 3 written assessment papers and a non-exam practical endorsement. 

Financial information

Text books, tuition and course materials are provided free, however contributions are requested from parents for trips and visits that may support learning in school. Some students will be eligible for the 16-19 Bursary Fund, which is a government-provided fund for sixth form students facing financial hardship. It can help towards costs for travel, equipment (for example in PE or Food Technology), trips and books.

Future opportunities

Biology is also a well-recognised and respected course and is identified as a key facilitating subject by the Russell Group of Elite Universities. It can lead students on to study many different types of science course at university.

Students from Poole High School have gone on to study pure Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Sciences, Forensics as well as medical related courses such as physiotherapy, medicine, dentistry and nursing. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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