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BIOLOGY - delivered at St Thomas Aquinas School at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School

Course description


The OCR 2015 syllabus gives you the opportunity to study for AS or A level Biology. The courses are co-teachable in the first year and assessment will occur at the end of your studies. The course aims to give a grounding in all the major aspects on Biology and practical experience is integrated throughout the entire course. Any biological interest from the workings of the human body, botany, how our cells and genes work to a desire to protect our natural world will be nurtured and deepened during your studies.

Course content


The Year 12 course consists of 4 topics as follows:

1. Biological molecules

2. Cells

3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment

4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms


The course incorporates all of the topics covered in Year 12 and in addition to four further topics:

5. Energy transfers in and between organisms

6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

8. The control of gene expression

Assessment                                                                                                 Weighting

• Paper 1 Any content from topics 1–4, including relevant practical skills     35%   2 hr exam – May/June

• Paper 2 Any content from topics 5-8, including relevant practical skills      35%   2 hr exam – May/June

• Paper 3 Any content from topics 1–8, including relevant practical skills     30%   2 hr exam – May/June Practical endorsement in biology Reported separately

Entry requirements

You should have achieved 2 B grades or above in GCSE Science, grade 5 in Maths and have an average GCSE points score of at least 43.

Future opportunities

Biology A Level opens a variety of doors for students. Many continue their studies at university on degrees including medicine, veterinary studies, environmental biology, teaching, physiotherapy, pharmacology, radiotherapy, dentistry and conservation to name but a few. It is also a useful qualification to those entering jobs such as environmental health, dental, nursing, various research posts and food production posts.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September