Biology A Level (OCR) at Allerton Grange School
Biology opens up the wonders of the living world from the smallest creatures to whole ecosystems. You would enjoy this course if you have a keen interest in living things and how they work and enjoy carrying out practical work. To do well in Biology A level you will need to be happy to work hard and complete extra reading around the topics taught in lessons. You should be competent in GCSE English and Maths. Biology is a very versatile subject and it compliments the other sciences as well as Geography, Psychology and Maths.
From September 2015 AS courses will be a stand-alone qualification and they will not be able to be "converted" into an A2 (A-Level) qualification.
1. Development and practical skills in Biology
2. Foundations in Biology
3. Exchange and transport
4. Biodiversity, evolution and disease
5. Communication, homeostasis and energy
6. Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
You will also be assessed in-class on your practical skills across the two years. This will be graded as pass or fail and is titled 'Practical Endorsement'.
Applications are considered on an individual basis but subject areas have their own entry requirements. As a guide you will normally be expected to have achieved a minimum of the following:
Level 3 courses - a good range of GCSEs at A* - C including English and Maths or the equivalent at BTEC level.
Level 2 courses - 2 Ds at GCSE
Specific entry requirements for this course are as follows:
You will need a minimum of grade B in GCSE Biology or Additional Science, grade B in GCSE Maths and grade C in English.
AS - Examined in Summer 2018
Paper 1 - 1hr 30mins - Breadth in Biology - written paper
Paper 2 - 1hr 30mins - Depth in Biology - written paper
AS (A-level) - Examined Summer 2019
Paper 1 - 2hr 15mins - Biological processes - written paper
Paper 2 - 2hr 15mins - Biological diversity - written paper
Paper 3 - 1hr 30mins - Unified Biology - written paper
Non-exam assessment - based on experiments done over the course of the two years - Pass or Fail based on teacher-assessment.
There are no associated costs with this course
Biology A level opens up the possibility of all degrees in biological sciences as well as the opportunity to begin on a medical pathway. Future careers include zoology, medicine, research and many more.
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.