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Biology A Level at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from microorganisms to mammoths.

What skills will I gain from studying A Level Biology?

  • How to collect data and evaluate it
  • How to investigate facts and use deduction
  • How to put over your point of view effectively
  • How to take responsibility for your own learning

Course content

What will I study?

OCR Biology A-Level

Unit 1- Cells, exchange and transport

Unit 2- Molecules, biodiversity, food and health

Unit 4- Communications, homeostasis and energy

Unit 5- Control, genomes and environment

Unit3 & 6- Practical skills


Entry requirements

A minimum grade B must be obtained at GCSE Science/Additional Science or GCSE Biology.


80% is assessed by written examination papers.  20% is the internal assessment of practical skills.

Future opportunities

Biology is a great choice of subject for students who are aiming for a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, zoology, marine biology or forensic science.  Some students go on to careers in law, computing, accounting or teaching.  It is a rewarding and challenging course which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Portslade Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 23 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September