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Biology at Retford Oaks Academy

Course description

The course has been designed to engage and inspire students by showing how an understanding of many contemporary issues requires a grasp of fundamental biological ideas. This course will prepare students for future biology-based careers and for further study at undergraduate level.

3 Units at 'AS' level, including: Cells, Exchange and Transport: 30% of the total AS GCE marks. 1 h written paper

Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health: 50% of the total AS GCE marks . 1 h 45 min written paper Practical Skills In Biology 1: 20% of the total AS GCE marks .

Coursework, qualitative quantitative and evaluative skills assessed in class. Candidates complete three tasks set by OCR. Tasks are marked by the Centre using mark schemes provided by OCR. Work is moderated by OCR.


3 Units at 'A2' level, including: Communication, Homeostasis and Energy: 15% of the total Advanced GCE marks . 1 h 15 min written paper. This unit contains some synoptic assessment and Stretch and Challenge questions. Control, Genomes and Environment: 25% of the total Advanced GCE marks . 2 h written paper. This unit contains some synoptic assessment and Stretch and Challenge questions.

Entry requirements

AS': At least grade BB in GCSE Science 'AS': At least two grade Bs in Triple/Separate Sciences A2': At least grade D in 'AS' Biology

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Retford Oaks Academy directly.

Last updated date: 28 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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