BIOLOGY

BIOLOGY

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.

First Year

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.

Second Year

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. 

EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS 

  • Methodical approach 
  • Clear and logical thinking
  • Attention to detail
  • Time management
  • Working independently yet collaborate within a team
  • Originality
  • Self-appraisal techniques