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Biology - OCR A Level at Countesthorpe Leysland Community College

Course description

Head of Department: Mr. N. Van Geffen   Department Information

The study of A level Biology involves a number of objectives as shown below:

 

• How Science works

 

• Recall

 

• Application and interpretation

 

• Investigation

 

• Evaluation and communication

 

 

Why study this course?

This course suits both students who have studied Double Science at GCSE, or have studied the sciences as separate subjects. You need to be confident in your practical abilities as well as being interested in how Science is used by society. Whereas Chemists and Physicists tend to study a restricted number of subject disciplines at University, Biologists generally study several science disciplines and even disciplines which may at first seem unrelated to Biology, for example: Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Computing and on other courses such as Chemical Engineering, Archaeology and Geography. This is an important point which can enhance the employment prospects of Biologists over other science graduates.

 

Aims of the course

As we go into the 21st century, concern grows for the well-being of our planet and ourselves. As a result, Biology is now a more challenging and rewarding subject to study than ever before. Biology deals with understanding and making the most of the working of nature and it allows for endless career opportunities.

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Course content

Course outline

The course is divided into four main modules that build on the concepts and skills developed at GCSE:

 

1. Development of practical skills in Biology 5: Communication, homeostasis and energy

2. Foundations in Biology 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

3. Exchange and transport

4. Biodiversity, evolution, and disease.

Within each module you will study many familiar topics such as blood and the heart, but in much more detail. You will also learn to appreciate and understand the structure, function, diversity and interaction of a representative selection of living organisms. Your understanding of technological applications and their ethical, social, economic and environmental implications will be encouraged as will a scientific approach to solving problems and practical work.

Entry requirements

At least a grade 6 or above in Triple Science/Biology at GCSE or a grade 6 in Combined Science at GCSE.

A minimum grade of 5 in Mathematics at GCSE is also required.

Assessment

Assessment involves a number of objectives including how science works, recall, application and interpretation, investigation and evaluation and communication. Practical work is assessed within the exams at A Level. All students will be given the opportunity to carry out practical work and develop key skills in scientific method.

 

How am I assessed?

​Final exam at the end of Year 13, Papers 1, 2 & 3.

Future opportunities

This course suits both students who have studied Double Science at GCSE, or have studied the sciences as separate subjects. You need to be confident in your practical abilities as well as being interested in how science is used by society. Whereas Chemists and Physicists tend to study a restricted number of subject disciplines at University, Biologists generally study several science disciplines and even disciplines which may at first seem unrelated to biology, for example: chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, computing and on other courses such as business management, instrumentation, chemical engineering, archaeology, geography, foreign languages, economics, law etc. This is an important point which can enhance the employment prospects of Biologists over other science graduates. The main areas of biological employment include the health services, environmental protection, biological industries, education and research. *The specification is subject to change under the new reforms

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: 04 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 year

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