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Biology A Level at Torquay Boys Grammar School

Course description

The OCR Biology course is a content-led approach, which aims to provide students with a thorough grounding in a wide range of biological fields, allowing students to progress onto a broad variety of biological degree courses. During this enjoyable and motivational course, students engage with Biology in a range of theoretical and practical contexts which develop the skills and understanding to the standard required by universities, with a particular emphasis on developing the mathematical skills required for further study. Students gain an appreciation of the interconnected nature of Biology as a subject and how different fields support each other. Biology leads into a number of careers including scientific journalism, various types of research, pharmacology, the medical and veterinary sciences, dentistry, conservation and education.

Course content

Students will study the following modules during the two-year course:
1) Development of practical skills in Biology
2) Foundations in Biology
3) Exchange and Transport
4) Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease
5) Communication, Homeostasis and Energy
6) Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems


All content on the A Level course is externally assessed in written examinations taken at the end of year 13

Students will sit three papers which will each assess all of the A Level content.

Paper 1 (37%) will contain multiple choice and structured questions covering theory and practical skills (modules 1, 2, 3 & 5 only)

Paper 2 (37%) will contain multiple choice and structured questions covering theory and practical skills (modules 1, 2, 4 & 6 only).

Paper 3 (26%) will contain structured questions and extended response questions covering theory and practical skills (modules 1-6).

All assessment of practical skills is carried out in the written papers. Questions on practical skills will total at least 15% of the total marks available.

At least 10% of the questions in all papers will assess mathematical skills.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 April 2017

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