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Biology

A-Level

If you want to forge a career in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science or Biological Sciences then A-Level Biology is for you. By taking the course it can also lead to careers in Environmental Science and Medical Studies, such as Physiotherapy. The OCR Biology A-level course is designed to stimulate the enthusiasm of students and to present biology as a subject that is exciting, relevant and challenging. Students of biology will build on GCSE knowledge, study new biological concepts and explore the applications of biology in real life situations.

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade B in Higher Tier preferably including additional and/or triple science.

Year 1

Module 1. Development of practical skills in biology – Planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation.
Module 2. Foundations in biology – Cells, membranes, organisation, biological molecules and enzymes.
Module 3. Exchange and transport – Exchange surfaces, transport in animals and transport in plants.
Module 4. Biodiversity, evolution and disease – Disease and the immune system, biodiversity, classification and evolution.

Year 2

Module 1. Development of practical skills in biology – Planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation.
Module 2. Foundations in biology – Cells, membranes, organisation, biological molecules and enzymes.
Module 3. Exchange and transport – Exchange surfaces, transport in animals and transport in plants.
Module 4. Biodiversity, evolution and disease – Disease and the immune system, biodiversity, classification and evolution.
Module 5. Communication, homeostasis and energy – Communication, homeostasis, excretion, hormones, the nervous system, plant and animal responses, photosynthesis and respiration.
Module 6. Genetics, evolution and ecosystems – Cellular control, inheritance, genetic engineering, biotechnology, cloning, ecosystems and sustainability.

Year 1 Biology:

Exam 1 – Breadth in biology (01) 1 hour 30 minutes written paper – 50% of total level

Exam 2 – Depth in biology (02) 1 hour 30 minutes written paper – 50% of total level

Both exams will assess content from all four modules

Year 2 Biology

Exam 1 – Biological processes (01) 2 hour 15 minutes written paper – 37% of total A level (100 marks)

Exam 2 – Biological Diversity (02) 2 hour 15 minutes written paper – 37% of total A level (100 marks)

Exam 3 – Unified Biology (03) 1 hour 30 minutes written paper – 26% of total A level (70 marks)

Exams will assess content from a combination of modules 1-6.

There is also a coursework element, namely the Practical Endorsement in Biology. This is non-exam assessment and is reported separately as a grade.

The course allows students to develop excellent practical skills and provides opportunities to undertake a biology field trip to apply ecological sampling techniques. Malham Tarn, an area of outstanding beauty and interest for our biology students is studied.  During the visit samples and readings are taken then analysis of the findings  is undertaken. On this page below, is a photo gallery of this years trip to Malham Tarn.

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