Where can Biology take me?
Biology is an entry level qualifica3on for a variety of Post 18 courses including Medicine and professions allied to medicine including Nursing,
Physiotherapy and Radiography. Den3stry, Veterinary Science and degree courses in Biochemistry, Natural Sciences, Pharmacology, Ecology and
Marine Biology are among those studied by former A level Biology students.
During the course you will have opportunity to discuss Post 18 op3ons and to meet a variety of professionals working in different fields of biology
including medical consultants and research ecologists.
A LEVEL / OCR
Contact: Mrs P Bamber
What do our students say?
“Biology is a challenging but rewarding
subject. The practicals are interesting and
really fun to do!”
% of course
Exam 1 - Biological processes
Exam 2 - Biological diversity
Exam 3 - Unified Biology
2 hour 15 written paper
2 hour 15 written paper
1 hour 30 written paper
General Entry Requirements plus
GCSE Combined Science: 5, 5 (6 desirable) or
GCSE Separate Sciences: Grade 5 in Biology (6 desirable),
grade 5 in
GCSE English 5 (6 desirable) plus
GCSE Maths 5, (6 desirable)
A Level Biology gives an exci3ng insight into the contemporary world of biology. The OCR course enables students to develop essen3al knowledge
and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to one another. Learners gain an apprecia3on of scien3fic methods, as
well as prac3cal and mathema3cal problem solving skills which will support their development as future scien3sts.
Biology is a ‘subject for life’ new discoveries are being made all of the 3me rela3ng to health, drugs, figh3ng disease and agriculture. The course
aims to develop an awareness of the advances in technology including informa3on technology, relevant to biology and to recognise the value and
responsibility of biology in society.
Students’ enthusiasm will be s3mulated and independent learning, research skills and prac3cal skills will be promoted. They will develop skills in
informa3on and data collec3on, analysis, evalua3on and understanding with the subject encouraging cri3cal thinking, teamwork, as well as
presenta3on and research skills; aSributes necessary for further academic study and employment.
The course is delivered across 6 teaching modules. Year 1 modules lay a founda3on in the fundamental principles of biology through study of
cells, organisa3on of living things and biological molecules. Exchange surfaces and transport systems in plants and animals are studied in detail
followed by a module covering biodiversity and evolu3on and disease and the immune response. Year 2 modules build on the core concepts
developing detailed knowledge and understanding of communica3on systems, homeostasis and energy transfer. Unit 6 covers cellular control,
inheritance, biotechnology and gene3c engineering with the second half of the module spent studying ecosystems and sustainability.
Development of prac3cal skills occurs through the course including planning, implemen3ng, analysis and evalua3on. An integral part of the
course is field work. The students are encouraged to aSend a residen3al course during the summer term of Year 12 to develop understanding of
ecology, biodiversity and conserva3on. Ecological inves3ga3on techniques, sta3s3cal analysis and data interpreta3on skills are also covered.
Exams will assess content from a combina3on of modules 1-‐6.
Prac%cal endorsement in Biology -‐ non exam assessment.
Assessment of common prac3cal assessment criteria including: following procedures, applying inves3ga3ve approaches, safe working,
making and recording observa3on and research, referencing and repor3ng.