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Science: A Level Biology (OCR) at The Howard School

Course description

Biology is a highly academic course involving much theoretical work combined with a significant proportion of practical investigation. Module 1 Development of Practical Skills in Biology Module 2 Foundations in biology Module 3 Exchange and Transport Module 4 Biodiversity, Evolution & Disease Module 5 Communication, Homeostasis & Energy Module 6 Genetics, Evolution & Ecosystems

Applications made to The Howard School can be made by both male and female students.

Course content

For every hour of time spent in lessons at least an hour of independent study will be expected. This will partly be driven by tasks set by your teacher but you should also be spending time going through your notes for each lesson and adding to them.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 5 in both English and Mathematics

Minimum of a B grade in GCSE Biology or BB grade in GCSE Additional Science.


The course is entirely assessed through terminal exams taken at the end of Y13.

The A-level course is assessed through three exams; Paper 1 & 2 are both 2 hours, 15 minutes and paper 3 is 1 hour 30 minutes

Paper 1 Biological Processes (modules1,2,3 & 5) 37%

Paper 2 Biological Diversity (modules 1, 2, 4 & 6) 37%

Paper 3 Unified Biology (modules 1-6) 26%

In addition those studying A2 will be required to complete 12 practical investigations that will be recorded in the students log book and reported as a Pass / Fail additional Practical Endorsement on their exam certificate.

Future opportunities

Biology not only allows students to access a wide range of biological sciences from ecology to microbiology to medicine but also supports other sciences and paths opened by those.

In addition the biology A level is highly sort after by many employers and universities due to the range of transferable skills such as citing academic texts. Students go in to such industries as law and accounting.

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: 06 December 2016

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