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Biology A Level OCR at Sir Roger Manwood's School

Course description

Why study this subject? 

Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, from the molecular level such as the structure and function of DNA to the study of whole ecosystems. It is fast moving and so constantly in the news. Practical work is also varied ranging from biochemical techniques to data gathering out in the field. So there is something of interest for everyone and yet varied and challenging at the same time.


Course content

Course Content


Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation

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 – Communications, 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.

Entry requirements

At least a B Grade at GCSE.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses, which overlap with Biology such as Chemistry, Applied Science, Physics, Geography, Geology or more general subjects that may not relate to the sciences, to prepare for higher education. With further training, you could go into a job related to Biology or one of the other sciences such as a Doctor, Nurse, Scientist or Marine Biologist. The course will also help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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: 23 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years