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Biology

 

Autumn and Spring terms:

  • Module 5 – Communications, Homeostasis and Energy. This includes communication, homeostasis, excretion, nerves, hormones, plant and animal responses, photosynthesis and respiration.
  • Module 6 – Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems. Work will cover cellular control, patterns of inheritance, manipulating genomes, cloning and biotechnology, ecosystems and populations and sustainability.Completion of all required practical activities

Summer term:

Final preparation for exams including concise scientific writing and exam technique.

Practical work:

Practical work is assessed and carried out over the year in six additional required practical activities. This totals to 12 assessed practical activities over the two years. 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:

Biological Processes (37%)

  • Content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5
  • 100 marks – 2 hours 15 mins.
  • 15 marks are multiple choice and 85 marks are structured questions and extended response

Biological Diversity (37%)

  • Content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6
  • 100 marks – 2 hours 15 mins.
  • 15 marks are multiple choice and 85 marks are structured questions and extended response

Unified Biology (26%)

  • Content from modules 1 to 6
  • 70 marks – 1 hour 30 mins.
  • Structured questions and extended response

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


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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