EXAM BOARD: OCR.
COURSE TITLE: BIOLOGY A.
COURSE CODE: H420
COURSE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Students wishing to take A level biology should have achieved at least a grade 7 in GCSE Biology or a 7/7 in GCSE Combined Science Trilogy. A Grade 6 in Mathematics and English are also required as these are essential skills to successfully complete the A level biology course.
OVERVIEW OF COURSE CONTENT
Biology A level is a linear course examined after two years. It comprises 6 taught modules and students must show evidence of having developed biology practical skills across a minimum of 12 compulsory practical activity groups (PAGS). The evidence is accumulated in a lab portfolio which is available for inspection and attracts a pass/fail practical endorsement.
Module 1: Development of Practical Skills in Biology
Module 2: Foundations in Biology
Module 3: Exchange and Transport
Module 4: Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease
There is a compulsory one day field trip during the first year where students have the opportunity to practice field sampling skills and statistical analysis relevant to the PAGS.
Module 5: Communication, Homeostasis and Energy
Module 6: Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems
FUTURE COURSE PATHWAYS
Biology is a fun, but challenging subject that develops the analytical, research and communication skills valued by employers in science and non-science careers. It forms an excellent basis for further study at university in a variety of fields including: medicine and related subjects, physiology, biochemistry, biomechanical engineering, forensic science and other biomedical or ecological sciences.
- Methodical approach
- Clear and logical thinking
- Attention to detail
- Time management
- Working independently yet collaborate within a team
- Self-appraisal techniques