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Biology A-level at Stratford Girls' Grammar School

Course description

Biology A-level

Course content

The course encourages you to:

  • develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
  • develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills
  • develop an interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
  • understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society

Entry requirements

It is expected that you will have studied either Core and Additional Science or Biology GCSE, obtaining at least A grades. 

Assessment

Content is split into six teaching modules, the first four comprising the AS level:

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology (practical endorsement for the A-level)
  • Module 2 – Foundations in biology
  • Module 3 – Exchange and transport
  • Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease
  • Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy
  • Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

A summary of the content for the A-level course is as follows:

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology

  • Practical skills assessed in a written examination
  • Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement

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 as an example of homeostatic control
  • Neuronal communication
  • Hormonal communication
  • Plant and animal responses
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration

Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

  • Cellular control
  • Patterns of inheritance
  • Manipulating genomes
  • Cloning and biotechnology
  • Ecosystems
  • Populations and sustainability.

Future opportunities

The study of Biology at this level obviously leads to a wide variety of careers including medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, physiotherapy etc. It also allows you to further your knowledge in Biological or environmental courses at degree level.

 If you have an interest in living organisms and are not afraid of hard work, Biology is worth considering!

 

Further information is available from www.ocr.org.uk

 

Further information

During the course we have a number of off-site field work activities, a biomedical day at Warwick University and the opportunity to enter the Biology Olympiad.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stratford Girls' Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 07 March 2016
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