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Biology at Rivington and Blackrod High School and Sixth Form

Course description

The OCR Advanced Level Biology course is a challenging and rewarding course which incorporates and builds on previous biological knowledge.

Course content

Topics covered include: The structure and function of biomolecules; structure and role of DNA and RNA, genetic diseases and gene therapy, cell structure, stem cells, classification and biodiversity; forensic analysis of crime scenes, infectious diseases, DNA profiling, photosynthesis, global warming and brain structure.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE's Grade 4 or above. In addition, Grade 6 in Triple Science Biology or 6 in Additional Science if studied. Students must achieve Grade 6 in the Biology units if they took Additional Science, plus Grade 5 Maths and 5 English.


 Students will sit three examinations at the end of Year 13 to achieve the A-Level qualification.

Future opportunities

Advanced Level Biology is a widely accepted course and is suitable as an introduction to higher level courses. Biology may be used to gain entry to a wide variety of careers both biological (such as medicine/nursing, biochemistry, pathology, laboratory work and genetics) and non-biological (including financial and commercial).

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: 10 October 2017
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    • Sixth Form
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    • 01204 333266
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