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AS Biology at Merchants’ Academy

Course description

Why should I choose Biology?

Biology is a subject that can lead onto many university courses and career options. It is a named requirement for up to 15 of the most popular degree courses and is valued within Science and Art subjects, varying from Medicine / Veterinary Science, Geology, Material Science, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, and sport science.

Course content

There is reference to many aspects of GCSE science in AS Biology, the course, however, concentrates much more on how natures building blocks, cells, work together: The OCR AS Biology course focuses on how the whole body is a complex set of interacting cells, and that the cells are driven by the activity of molecules inside them. The understanding of these processes leads us to a greater knowledge of how we humans work as a whole.

Assessment

The Biology (OCR) AS Specification includes:

Unit F211 Cells, exchange and transport:

1 hour exam, 30% Examined in January.

Unit F212 Molecules, diversity, food and health:

1 hour 45 min exam, 50% Examined in June

Unit F213 Practical skills:

Coursework, 20%

Candidates complete three tasks set by OCR. Tasks are marked by the centre using mark schemes provided by OCR.

Future opportunities

Biology is a subject that can lead onto many university courses and career options. It is a named requirement for up to 15 of the most popular degree courses and is valued within science and art subjects, varying from Medicine / Veterinary Science, Geology, Material Science, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, and sport science.

Further information

Where do I go for further information? Please direct your questions to any member of the science department or visit: www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/type/gce/science/biology/

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Merchants’ Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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