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Biology A Level at Caistor Grammar School

Course description

If you have found Biology interesting and enjoyable at GCSE, if you are keen to know more, if you are prepared to commit to working hard to meet the requirements of the course by taking responsibility for your own learning outside lessons, to read around the subject and to work in a well organised and methodical way, then Biology is for you!

Students will follow the OCR specification (H420) for A level Biology. The aim of the specification is to encourage candidates to develop their interest in and enthusiasm for Biology, including in further study and careers in Biology; to appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues, how the Sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society as well as developing essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Biology and how they relate to each other. Students studying Biology go on to a variety of university courses and careers, including medicine, veterinary science, nursing, dentistry, physiotherapy, speech therapy, nutritional science, pharmacy, biomedical science and optometry. With a global population estimated to reach 10 billion by 2050, students studying Biology at ‘A’ level will be well placed to contribute to solving the wide variety of problems associated, such as the demand for more effective medicines, sustainable food supply and balancing these demands with the need for the conservation of biodiversity and endangered species.

Course content

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Biology
  • 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

Entry requirements

6 at GCSE Biology or 6 at both Science/Additional Science.


Biological processes (01)

  • 100 marks
  • 2 hour 15 minutes written paper
  • 37% of total A level

Biological diversity (02)

  • 100 marks
  • 2 hour 15 minutes written paper
  • 37% of total A level

Unified Biology (03)

  • 70 marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes written paper
  • 26% of total

‘A’ Level Practical endorsement in Biology (04) (non‐examination assessment)

Skills assessed:

  1. Follows written procedures,
  2. Applies investigative approaches and methods when using instruments and equipment,
  3. Safely uses a range of practical equipment and materials,
  4. Makes and records observations,
  5. Researches, references and reports.

This is carried out by the completion of a range of practical and investigative tasks throughout the two years, focussing on skills development and encouraging independence and confidence to flourish in practical work.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years