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Biology AS/A Level (OCR) at Brooksbank School Sports College (The)

Course description

This is a challenging and rewarding subject that is desirable if you wish to embark on a career in the health sector as it targets careers including that of Doctor, Dentist, Physiotherapist and Veterinary Surgeon. You should definately consider taking Biology A Level if you have:

  • ever wondered how your body works or what happens when you are ill?
  • ever wondered how we could deal with global issues such as malnutrition in Africa or the HIV epidemic?
  • ever felt you would like to develop your ability to evalulate information.
  • made reasoned scientific arguments?
  • ever felt that you would like to work with people and improve their quality of life?

During the first year, students have the option to go on a residential trip to Cranedale Field Studies Centre in North Yorkshire, to embed their knowledge. Extra curricular activities like this can also be put onto UCAS forms when applying for university. 

The lessons focus mainly on Human Biology and a large variety of teaching styles are used to help you understand and learn the difficult subject content. You will learn to work well in a team and independently. We work with you to develop presentation, research and practical skills. Through practical work you will also develop your evaluation and analytical skills.

Course content


A stand-alone qualification that lasts one year and will give you an overview of essential Biological concepts. It is co-taught with students taking their first year of A Level Biology.

You will study cells, their structure and how they exchange materials as well as the transport of substances within module 2. Module 3 also has a focus on the human transport system, including the human circulatory system and the heart. Although not a pure Human Biology A Level, this aspect of the course is very good for students wanting to study more Human Biology. Module 4 looks at biological molecules, biodiversity of species and current food and health issues. Module 1 is integrated throughout the AS course and covers development of practical skills.


A Level

A two year qualification covering foundation level Biology in the first year as with the AS. The second year builds on the first, Module 5 looking in more detail at homeostasis and how the human body regulates its internal environment, how cells communicate through nerve impulses and how energy is made within both plant and animal cells. Module 6 explores cell division the production of new genetic material, new genetic technologies and their impact on society. This module also addresses some of the important environmental impacts of our increasing population and looks at ways of sustaining current lifestyles, and also basic animal behaviour.

The examinations at the end of the two years cover both year 1 and year 2 modules. Throughout the two years, practical skills are integrated into all topics and lessons. Students receive a pass/fail practical endorsement for Biology which is separate to their A Level grade.

Entry requirements

In order to follow a level three course you must have at least five GCSE passes at A* - C or equivalent.

To study this course you must include:

  • grade C in GCSE English Language
  • grade B in GCSE Mathematics
  • grade B in GCSE Biology OR grade BB in Core and Additional Science (NOT Additional Applied Science)
  • plus at least 2 other subjects



two examined modules


A Level

Three examined modules. Inaddition students also receive a pass/fail practical endorsement for Biology which is reported separatelyif the skills have been demonstrated during the course.

Financial information

Sixth Form Bursary

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is available at Brooksbank School to help support those young people who face the greatest barriers in continuing their education to Post-16. All applications are welcome and must meet certain eligibility criteria, details of which can be found on the main school website.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses that may overlap with Biology which could lead onto higher education in science related subjects or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Biology such as a Medicine, Veterinary Science, Nursing, Dentistry Microbiology, Ecology or teaching. However, if you are thinking of entering the job market the many skills gained whilst studying this course are regarded highly by most employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brooksbank School Sports College (The) directly.

Last updated date: 15 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years