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Biology A Level OCR at Grey Court School

Course description

Biology A Level will allow you to study familiar concepts from GCSE in much greater detail. The lessons will consist of small group teaching where there will be an increased emphasis on developing scientific enquiry skills as well as deepening your level of understanding in all topics. You will be taught in a bespoke Biology lab and have access to specialist equipment to enhance your practical skills.

Course content

Year 12 Units:

Module 1: Development of Practical Skills in Biology

Planning, Implementing, Analysis and Evaluation

Module 2: Foundations in Biology

Cells, Biological Molecules, Nucleic Acids, Enzymes, Membranes and Cell Division

Module 3: Exchange and Transport

Transport in Animals and Plants

Module 4: Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease

Immunity, Disease, Biodiversity, Classification and Evolution

Year 13 Units:

Module 1: Development of Practical Skills in Biology

Assessment of practical skills

Module 2: Foundations in Biology

Cells, Biological Molecules, Nucleic Acids, Enzymes, Membranes and Cell Division

Module 3: Exchange and Transport
Transport in Animals and Plants

Module 4: Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease

Immunity, Disease, Biodiversity, Classification and Evolution

Module 5: Communication, Homeostasis & Energy
Homeostasis, Excretion, Nervous System, Hormones, Photosynthesis and Respiration

Module 6: Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems
Inheritance, Manipulating Genomes, Biotechnology, Cloning, Ecosystems and Sustainability

Entry requirements

If you have taken Combined Science you must have at least a grade 6 in each

If you have taken Separate Sciences you must have a 6 in Biology and a 5 in either Chemistry or Physics

As well as these science GCSEs you must have a grade 6 in Maths

Assessment

Year 12 (internal exam):

Paper 1 – Breath in Biology – 1hr 30mins written paper

Paper 2 – Depth in Biology- 1hr 30mins written paper

Year 13 (external exam):

Paper 1 – Biological Processes - 2hr 15mins written paper

Paper 2 – Biological Diversity - 2hr 15mins written paper

Paper 3 – Unified Biology – 1hr 30mins written paper

Practical skills will be assessed in the terminal written assessment and by practical endorsement throughout the course

Future opportunities

A level Biology can, with other appropriate facilitating subjects, open up a range of careers and higher education courses in medicine, veterinary science and dentistry, optometry, physiotherapy, pharmaceutical sciences, forensic science, biomedical and biological sciences, environmental health and food sciences.

Enrichment opportunities: Various opportunities will be made available including a residential field studies trip, key skills for medicine workshops, and lectures at universities.

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: 27 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: Biology A Level

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