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A Level: Biology at Rawlins Academy

Course description

OCR Biology A Level develops students biological understanding in a holistic way, developing core concepts and then applying them to whole organisms. Concepts covered include:- 1. The structure and function of cells and organelles in plants animals and prokaryotes. 2. The division, differentiation and specialisation of cells and the modern use of stem cells in research and treatment of disease. 3. The problem of increasing size in organisms leading to requirement for exchange surfaces and transport systems (in mammals and plants). 4. The structure and function of key biological molecules, carbohydrates, lipids, DNA and proteins. 5. That health is a complex subject and not just the absence of disease, including the effect of lifestyle on health. 6. The theory of evolution and its importance in the development of the flora and fauna found on earth today. 7. The structure and function of the nervous system in monitoring the internal and external environment. 8. That hormones are important in homeostasis, and a study of diabetes as an example of result of it going wrong. 9. The biochemistry of photosynthesis and respiration. 10. How genes are expressed in cells including the details transcription and translation. 11. Biotechnology and the application of cloning in plants and animals. 12. How organisms respond to the environment and animal behaviour.

Entry requirements

Rawlins Level 3 P16 entry requirements. 

You will have at least grade C in all Science GCSEs which will include at least grade B in the Biology modules or Biology GCSE and a grade C in Maths to undertake this course.


Written examination and practical assessments

Future opportunities

Biology is an important subject in its own right with many applications and implications within modern society. Biology is an important qualification for industry, biochemistry, pharmacy, medical and caring services, as well as for careers in agriculture and environmental arenas.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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: 09 October 2017
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      • Dedicated Post 16 Facilities
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      • Specialist Science facilities
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