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Biology AS and A level at Stowmarket High School

Course description

OCR Biology A(H420) will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of biology.  It covers the key concepts of biology and practical skills are integrated throughout the course.

You will learn about the core concepts of biology and about the impact of biological research and how it links to everyday life.  You will learn to apply your knowledge, investigate and solve problems in a range of contexts.

Course content

What’s included:

Development of practical skills in biology

Cell Structure

Biological molecules

Nucleotides and nucleic acids


Biological membranes

Cell division

Exchange surfaces

Transport in animals

Transport in plants

Communicable diseases and immunity


Classification and evolution



Cellular control

Patterns of inheritance

Communication and homeostasis


Nervous communication

Hormonal communication

Plant and animal responses

Manipulating genomes

Cloning and biotechnology


Populations and sustainability


A level:

Paper 1 - Biological processes (2hr 15min)

Paper 2 - Biological diversity (2hr 15min)

Paper 3 - Unified biology (1hr 30min)

 Papers consist of a mix of multiple-choice, structured and extended response questions covering theory and practical skills.

 Practical endorsement (non-exam assessment):

 Through a range of experiments you will become competent in:

Following procedures

Applying investigative approach when using instruments and equipment

Working safely

Making and recording observations

Researching, referencing and reporting


AS level:

2 theory papers each 1hr 30 min

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September