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Biology A Level (OCR) at Allerton Grange School

Course description

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.


Course content

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.

Year 12

1. Development and practical skills in Biology

2. Foundations in Biology

3. Exchange and transport

4. Biodiversity, evolution and disease

Year 13

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'.


Entry requirements

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 

No coursework


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.


Financial information

There are no associated costs with this course

Future opportunities

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.

Last updated date: 13 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years

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