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Biology (A Level) at Rainham Mark Grammar School

Course description

To develop a broad knowledge and understanding of biological facts, concepts and principles, to appreciate their significance and have the skills to use them in new and evolving situations.

To engender an enjoyment and interest in the study of living organisms.

To prepare students for further biological studies in higher education or simply to act as a stimulating course on its own.




Course content

The new OCR Biology A course is followed at A-level (H420) and the specification can be viewed on the OCR website.
Module 1:  Development of practical skills in Biology.
Module 2: Foundations in Biology (includes cell structure, biological molecules, enzymes, biological membranes, cell division).
Module 3: Exchange and Transport (includes exchange surfaces, transport in plants and animals.
Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease (includes communicable diseases).
Module 5: Communications, homeostasis and energy (includes nervous communication, excretion, photosynthesis and respiration).
Module 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems (includes cloning and biotechnology, patterns of inheritance).


Entry requirements

A level 7 in GCSE Biology and level 7 in GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics.  Alternatively, level 7, 7 in Trilogy Science, with an 7 in the Biology component.  In addition, a level 6 in GCSE Mathematics is required.


Paper 1: Biological processes has a 2h 15mins written examination worth 37% of total A-level.

Paper 2: Biological diversity also has a 2h 15mins written examination worth 37% of the total A-level.

Paper 3: Unified Biology has a 1h 30mins written examination worth 26% of the total A-level.



Future opportunities

A good foundation for those wishing to pursue any career in which Biology is a part, e.g. medicine, veterinary medicine, forensic science, biotechnology, biochemistry, physiotherapy, nursing and environmental studies.

For those studying the course without the wish to pursue Biology further, it allows the development of important life skills and informed decisions to be made on many current issues that are having an impact on our lives, e.g. gene therapy and climate change.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Rainham Mark Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 23 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 39 Weeks - 78 Weeks

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr O'Neill
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01634 364151
    • Email address:


  • More information
    • Rainham Mark Grammar School is an 11-18 Selective School, currently we have over 880 students aged 11-16 and over 340 aged 16-18 taking AS and A2 levels. We aim to be a friendly, caring and stimulating community which motivates young people to enjoy learning, participate enthusiastically in wider activities and make the most of their abilities.