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Biology A Level at Beal High School

Course description

Students will follow the OCR A Biology Specification, a content-led approach that is designed to engage and inspire students. The specification has been designed with teachers, universities and professional bodies, to produce a course that places more emphasis on developing students’ understanding and application of biological concepts. By taking this approach, students will develop not only their biological skills but transferrable skills, such as problem solving, which will benefit them in all subjects that they study both now and in the future. The OCR A specification provides a flexible approach to learning that allows the teaching of practical scientific skills to be integrated with the theoretical topics. Thus providing students with an in-depth and broad knowledge of Biology that will be challenging to all.


Paper 1: Breadth in Biology (written paper)
Paper 2: Depth in Biology (written paper)
Both papers assess content from all four modules
A Level:
Paper 1: Biological Processes (written paper assessing modules 1, 2, 3 and 5)
Paper 2: Biological Diversity (written paper assessing modules 1, 2, 4 and 6)
Paper 3: Unified Biology (written paper assessing modules 1-6)
Practical Endorsement for Biology (non-examined assessment)

Future opportunities

The A level Biology course is an excellent starting point for many professional careers. Traditional areas include Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Veterinary Science. Other areas include Biotechnology, Food Science, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Forensic Science, Genetic Engineering, Cell Biology, Physiotherapy and Sports Science. Education and Research could also be considered.

Further information

This is a fun yet intensive course. Students are required to be dedicated as well as committed to independent study. Students are expected to be pro-active in their learning and should aspire to achieve their target grade or above. At AS and A level it is expected that students demonstrate very high levels of practical skill.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 1-2 years