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Biology A Level at Stepney Green Maths and Computing College

Course description

Biology is the scientific study of life. Discovering how your body works and how it fits in with other living things is key to the sustainability of the human race and our planet. During the course, you will get the chance to delve deeper into why things are the way they are.

A good grade in Biology A-level is a requirement for university courses such as medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. A level Biology also provides a useful background to a wider variety of Higher Education courses.

With an A-level in Biology you could go on to study: radiography, nursing, physiotherapy, pharmacology, pharmacy, psychology, forensic science, archaeology, marine biology, ecology, sports studies, biochemistry, accountancy, law or even teacher training.

Course Outline

OCR Biology A is split into six modules: Modules 1 to 4 constitute the stand-alone AS-Level qualification (one year); Modules 1 to 6, combined with Practical Endorsement, constitute the full A-Level (two years).  

Module 1

Development of practical skills
This module underpins the whole of the specification, and covers the practical skills required throughout the course.  These practical skills will be assessed in exam papers and within the Practical Endorsement (for A-Level only).

Module 2

Foundations in Biology
Cell structure; Biological molecules; Nucleotides and nucleic acids; Enzymes; Biological membranes; Cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation.

Module 3

Exchange and transport
Exchange surfaces; Transport in animals; Transport in plants.

Module 4

Biodiversity, evolution and disease
Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system; Biodiversity; Classification and evolution.

Module 5

Communication, homeostasis and energy
Communication and homeostasis; Excretion; Nerves; Hormones; Plant and animal responses; Photosynthesis; Respiration.

Module 6

Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
Cellular control; Inheritance; Manipulating genomes; Cloning and biotechnology; Ecosystems; Sustainability.

Entry requirements

7 A* - B in related subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stepney Green Maths and Computing College directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2015
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Key information

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