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Biology A Level at Lady Hawkins' High School

Course description

A Level Syllabus: OCR

The course develops your understanding and awareness of the living world from molecular level, through cells to whole ecosystems.

The course allows you to develop essential knowledge and understanding of concepts and the skills needed to use in new and changing situations. It deals with several current issues and it will make you aware of advances in technology. Also it recognises the value and responsible use of Biology in society.

It is a successful and rewarding course with an experienced and supportive staff where there are excellent working relationships between staff and students. It is a course where the emphasis is on developing a real enjoyment and enthusiasm for a scientific subject.

What key skills will I learn on this course?

The course helps students develop a number of skills, including:

  • How to collect data and evaluate it.
  • How to investigate facts and use deduction.
  • How to put over your point of view effectively.
  • How to take responsibility for your own learning.

What kind of student is this course suitable for?

This course will appeal to students who:

  • Enjoy practical work
  • Are interested in biological theories
  • Want to extend and develop their understanding of Biology.

Course content

The A Level content is split into 6 teaching modules:

  • Module 1: Development of practical skills in Biology
  • Module 2: Foundations in Biology
  • Module 3: Exchange transport
  • Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution & disease
  • Module 5: Communication, homeostasis & energy
  • Module 6: Genetics, evolution & ecosystems

Entry requirements

Those students who wish to study a Level 3 course will need a good GCSE Grade (B or above). Level 2 courses can be offered to those who have not met this.


Three external written examinations at the end of the A Level course:

  • Biological Processes (135 mins)
  • Biological Diversity (135 mins)
  • Unified Biology (90 mins)

Financial information

Financial Assistance

Herefordshire Council expects sixth form students to pay £270 per term for transport to sixth form. There is a 16-19 Bursary Fund which may give some students financial support. Please contact the school for further information.

For eligible students, the Bursary Fund can provide financial assistance to young people whose access to, or completion of education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers. The fund can help towards the cost of essential course-related costs such as travel to sixth form, equipment, books and educational visits including to university open days or interviews.


EMA is for 16 to 18 year olds living in Wales, who want to continue their education after school leaving age. If you’re eligible, you could get £30 a week, paid every two weeks.

You don’t need to study in Wales to get EMA. As long as you live in Wales and you meet the criteria then you can apply for EMA.

You must adhere to the learning contract in order to receive the payments. Failure to attend lessons and/or registrations will result in no payment for the corresponding week.

For further information, contact Lady Hawkins’ School or Student Finance Wales.

Future opportunities

Knowledge and skills gained in problem solving and practical work will be useful in many areas. Career possibilities include:

  • Agriculture
  • Medicine
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Food Technology
  • Accounting
  • Law
  • Teaching
  • Forestry
  • Pharmacology
  • Engineering Science and Sports Science

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lady Hawkins' High School directly.

Last updated date: 24 November 2017

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