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Biology AS/A2 Level at Birchwood Community High School

Course description

Biology links well with other subjects at Level 3, developing analytical skills that can be utilised in other subjects.

A good grade in Biology A Level is a requirement for some university courses in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and other medically related degrees. A Level Biology also provides a useful background to a wide variety of higher education courses, for example radiography, nursing, physiotherapy, pharmacology, pharmacy, psychology, forensic science, marine biology, biological science, ecology, sports studies, biochemistry, accountancy and even teacher training.

The OCR AS/A Level GCE Biology specification is a natural progression route for those learners who enjoyed Biology at GCSE, especially those taking Triple Science

Course content

AS Biology       

Module 1— Development of practical skills in biology

Module 2— Foundations in biology

Module 3—Exchange and transport

Module 4—Biodiversity, evolution and disease


A Level Biology

Modules 1—4 from AS Biology

Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy

Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

Entry requirements

For Biology A Level  a grade B is required at GCSE Core  AND Additional Science or a B  grade in Biology GCSE. You will also preferably need C grades in Mathematics and English.


AS  Level Biology

Paper 1  - Breadth in Biology

Section A—Multiple choice

Section B—Structured questions 

1 hour 30 minutes  50% of AS grade


Paper 2—Depth in Biology

Structured questions and extended response questions

1 hour 30 minutes 50% of AS grade


A Level Biology

Paper 1—Biological processes

Assesses content from modules 1,2,3,5

Multiple choice and structures questions

2 hours 15 minutes  37% of A Level grade


Paper 2— Biological diversity

Assesses content from modules  1,2,4,6

Multiple choice and structures questions

2 hours 15 minutes  37% of A Level grade


Paper 3— Unified Biology

Assess content from all modules

Structured and extended response questions

1 hour 30 minutes 26% of A2 Level grade


Paper 4— Practical assessment in biology

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years