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Biology GCE Advanced Level at The Milton Keynes Academy

Course description

The aims and objectives of the OCR GCE Advanced Biology are to enable students to:

  • develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other 
  • develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods 
  • develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills 
  • develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject 
  • Understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society (as exemplified in ‘How Science Works’ (HSW).

Course content

During the course, students will study six modules. These will prepare them for exams to be sat at the end of the course. This will involve practical exams and written answer exams. 

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Biology -1.1 Practical skills assessed in a written examination and 1.2 Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement
  • Module 2 – Foundations in Biology -2.1 Cell structure, 2.2 Biological molecules, 2.3 Nucleic acids 2.4 Enzymes 2.5 Biological membranes 2.6 Cell division, cell diversity and cell differentiation
  • Module 3 – Exchange and  transport - 3.1 Exchange surfaces and breathing, 3.2 Transport in animals, 3.3 Transport in Plants
  • Module 4 – Biodiversity and evolution and disease - 4.1 Communicable diseases, 4.2 Biodiversity, 4.3 Classification and evolution, 4.4 Waves and 4.5 Quantum physics 
  • Module 5 –Communication, homeostasis and energy 5.1.1 Communication and homeostasis 5.1.2 Excretion as an example of homeostatic control 5.1.3 Neuronal communication 5.1.4 Hormonal communication 5.1.5 Plant and animal responses 5.2.1 Photosynthesis 5.2.2 Respiration 
  • Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems 6.1.1 Cellular control 6.1.2 Patterns of inheritance 6.1.3 Manipulating genomes 6.2.1 Cloning and biotechnology 6.3.1 Ecosystems 6.3.2 Populations and sustainability.

Entry requirements

5 or more A*-C grades (GCSE or BTEC equivalent) including grade 4 in English, with a 5 or higher in Maths, Core Science and Additional Science. 


Paper 1: Biological processes (01)

Paper 2: Biological diversity (02)

Paper 3: Unified biology (03)

Practical: Practical endorsement in biology( 04)* (non exam assessment)

Future opportunities

Having A-level biology can open up a world of opportunities in both university choices and career options. Science A Levels are highly sought after, and provide pathways in to a wide range of future careers.

Possible career choices that require A-level biology include:

  •  Biological testing
  •  Nutritionist
  •  Veterinarian
  •  Biotechnology
  •  Doctor
  •  Animal care
  •  Food industry jobs
  •  Nurse
  •  Zoologist

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Milton Keynes Academy directly.

Last updated date: 22 December 2016
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