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Biology AS at The Ashcombe School

Course description

Reformed subject

Why study the subject?

Biology has application to virtually everything we do, from behaviour to population control, from diet to agriculture, from health to chemical and germ warfare. Whilst Biology is the most approachable Science it nonetheless provides enough academic challenge to stimulate the most enquiring mind. From GM foods to human cloning to stem cell research, Biology is talked about in the media every day. The OCR Biology A-level is rigorous and engaging, and aims to equip students with a contemporary grasp of key biological principles allowing you to apply your knowledge to new situations. Concepts are taught in the context of scientific research and development, with practical investigations forming a key part of the curriculum.

Apart from obvious career courses such as nursing, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacology, pathology, psychology, forensic science, biochemistry and biophysics, Biology may be taken with almost any combination of other subjects and may have application in marketing, management, law, journalism or town planning! It is important to realise that A-level Chemistry is highly recommended if you intend to study any Biological subject at degree level. However, you do not need Chemistry to study Biology at A-level.

Course content

• Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology

• Module 2 – Foundations in biology

• Module 3 – Exchange and transport

• Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease

Entry requirements

Grade Cs in Core and Additional Science and a commitment to work hard – including some dissections


Breadth in Biology (01)   70 marks   1hr 30min written paper   50% of total AS level

Depth in Biology (02     ) 70 marks    1hr 30min written paper  50% of total AS level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Ashcombe School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016
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