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Biology

Autumn and Spring terms:

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills. This module underpins the whole of the specification and covers the practical skills that students should develop throughout the course. The practical skills in this module can be assessed within written examinations and (for A Level only) within the Practical Endorsement. Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation are developed.
  • Module 2 – Foundations in Biology. This covers concepts required throughout the remaining modules and includes cell structure, biological molecules, nucleotides and nucleic acids, enzymes, biological membranes, cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation.
  • Module 3 – Exchange and Transport. This unit includes exchange surfaces, transport in animals and transport in plants.
  • Module 4 – Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease. Topics include communicable diseases, disease prevention, the immune system, biodiversity, classification and evolution.

Summer term:

  • Completion of practical activities for Year 12
  • Preparation in use of Scientific language and exam technique
  • Commencement of Year 13 work in June, after the end of year assessment

Practical work:

Practical work is assessed and carried out over the year in six required practical activities. These contribute to a pass/fail practical endorsement and do not affect the final letter grade.

Assessment:

Half termly testing on recent and previous work.

Mock exam and end of year exam in exam conditions, following this format:

Paper 1 – Breadth in Biology (50%)

  • Content from modules 1 to 4
  • 70 marks – 1hour 30 mins.
  • 20 marks are multiple choice and 50 marks are structured questions

Paper 2 – Depth in Biology (50%)

  • Content from modules 1 to 4
  • 70 marks – 1hour 30 mins.
  • Structured questions

Resources:

http://www.ocr.org.uk/alevelbiology

Useful Information:

This qualification is linear; students will sit all their exams at the end of their A-level course.

Entry requirements:

Grade 6 in Biology or Grade 6,6 in Combined Science.

Grade 6 in Mathematics

Grade 5 in English

Further opportunities

Progression to University or modern apprenticeship:

A-level Biology is a great choice for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, including Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Physiotherapy, Nursing and Forensic Science.

Many universities also offer biological science courses such as: Molecular Biology; Cell Biology; Biochemistry; Botany; Zoology; Parasitology; Marine science; Genetics; Immunology; Virology; Pharmacology; and many more.


Other employment opportunities:

Most Biology-related jobs would require a Biology-related degree; however employers are looking for a science A level as an indication of analytical skills, so some Biology students choose careers in,for example, economic;, business; the Civil Service; management and marketing.

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