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Biology A Level at Orleans Park

Course description

In the first year you will look at organisms, starting at a cellular level and then moving on to study the complexity of systems that keep them alive; factors that affect how complex systems in an organism function; and Biodiversity and Evolution within and between species. In the second year you will build on previous knowledge and move on to in-depth study of processes that are vital to life in plants and animals such as homeostasis, photosynthesis and respiration. You will also apply your knowledge to current and exciting developments in the field of biotechnology and gene technologies.

Course content

If you enjoy learning and want to increase your understanding of living organisms, how they function individually and how they interact with one another; If you want to plan experiments, collect data, analyse experimental results, draw conclusions and evaluate your experiments; If you want to know how scientific models are developed, what the applications and implications of science are, what the benefits and risks that science brings are and how society uses science to make decisions; If you would like to experience residential field trips; If you want to pursue a career in a Biology-related subject ……… you should take A Level Biology.

Module 1 - Development of practical skills in biology.

Module 2 - Foundations in biology (includes cell structure, biological molecules, nucleotides and nucleic acids, enzymes, biological membranes, cell division, cell diversity and organisation).

Module 3 - Exchange and transport (includes exchange surfaces, transport in animals, transport in plants).

Module 4 - Biodiversity, evolution and disease (includes communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system, biodiversity, classification and evolution)

Module 5 - Communications, homeostasis and energy (includes homeostasis, excretion, neuronal and hormonal communication, photosynthesis, respiration).

Module 6 - Genetics evolution and ecosystems (includes cellular control, patterns of inheritance, manipulating genomes, cloning and biotechnology, ecosystems, populations and sustainability).


Entry requirements

GCSE Science (Higher Paper) Trilogy/Synergy minimum Grade 6-6 


GCSE Biology minimum Grade 6 plus one other Science GCSE Grade 6


GCSE Maths minimum Grade 5


Paper 1 – Biological Processes 2hr 15 min exam 37% Modules 1,2,3 & 5.

Paper 2 - Biological diversity 2hr 15 min exam 37% Modules 1,2,4 & 6.

Paper 3 - Unified biology 1hr 30 min exam 26% Modules 1 to 6.

Practical Endorsement - Pass/Fail

Future opportunities

The range of careers that a Biology A Level or degree could lead to are incredibly varied. You might want to work in the medical industry, either as a doctor or in research (molecular biologist, neurobiologist etc). Alternatively you may wish to work in the zoology field, (zoologist, wild life biologist), or as a plant biologist. Perhaps environmental biology interests you, or you might have an interest in the microscopic world (virologist, microbiologist, histologist). The potential career paths that can arise from studying biology are rich and varied; you are bound to find something that grabs your interest!

Further information

Applications to the Sixth Form for September 2018 open on Tuesday 3 October 2017 and close on Friday 12 January 2018. Please apply for 3 courses plus a reserve choice.

Entry Requirements for September 2018:

6 GCSEs at Grade A*-C with at least 3 subjects at Grade B (or equivalent Grade 6) including English and Mathematics at Grade 4 or higher → Take three A Level courses

We strongly advise that students have at least a Grade B (or equivalent Grade 6) in the subjects they will study at A Level.

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: 03 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: OCR H020/H420

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    • DIRECTIONS FROM A316 Leave the A316 at the St Margarets Roundabout. Join the A3004 (St Margarets Road). Pass St Margarets station on the right. Turn right onto Crown Road (A3004) Turn right onto Richmond Road (A305). Orleans Park is located on the left hand side. BY TRAIN Twickenham is served by trains from London Waterloo, Clapham Junction, Richmond, Ascot & Reading. BY BUS Services 33, 490, H22, R68 & R70 all stop outside the school on Richmond Road.