Biology A level

Awarding body: OCR

Qualification:  AS Level Biology A (HO20) A Level Biology A (H420) 

Method of assessment AS:

1 hour 30 minutes (70 marks) written paper, AS% 50%

1 hour 30 minutes (70 marks) written paper, AS% 50%

Sixth Form Curriculum BiologyMethod of assessment A Level:

2 hours 15 minutes (100 marks) written paper, A level% 37%

2 hours 15 minutes (100 marks) written paper, A level% 37%

1 hour 30 minutes (70 marks) written paper, A level% 26%

Practical endorsement in Biology ( non exam assessment )

Course entry requirement:

It is generally recommended that applicants for this course achieve grade A*/A in GCSE Biology/Science and Additional Science.

A GCSE grade 5 or higher in Maths is also a requirement.

 Course description and what it will be like:

Teaching is based both on traditional lectures and on discussions. Students are issued with a course text book to support each module and to help with their research and homework. The Biology Department is well equipped and places considerable emphasis on practical work.

Specification and Units of Study: Advanced Subsidiary Units

Content Overview:

Content is split into four teaching modules:

Module 1 - Development of practical skills in biology
Module 2 - Foundation in biology
Module 3 Exchange and transport
Module 4 - Biodiversity, evolution and disease.

Both components assess content from all four modules

Assessment Overview:

Breadth in biology (01) 70 marks, 1 hour 30 minutes written paper, 50% of total AS level.
Depth in biology (02) 1 hour 30 minutes written paper, 50% of total AS level.

A level Biology Units

Content Overview:

Content is split into six teaching modules

Module 1 - Development of practical skills in biolgy
Module 2 - Foundations in biology
Module 3 - Exchange and transport
Module 4 - Biodiversity, evolution and disease
Module 5 - Communication, homoeostasis and energy
Module 6 - Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

Component 01 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5
Component 02 assesses content from modules 1, 2,4 and 6
Component 03 assesses content from all modules (1 to 6)

Assessment Overview:
Biological processes (01) 100 marks, 2 hours 15 minutes written paper - 37% of total A level
Biological diversity (02) 100 marks, 2 hours 15 minutes written paper - 37% of total A level
Unified biology (03) 70 marks, 1 hour 30 minutes written paper - 26% of total A level
Practical endorsement in biology (04) (non exam assessment) Reported separately (see section 5g)

Opportunities for Progression and Careers Prospects:

Biology combines well with other subjects. Career prospects for students with a Biology background and are interested in biochemistry and molecular biology, are good.

Biology A-level leads to a variety of career options at different levels such as: agriculture, horticulture, food research, bio-technology, marine biology, veterinary surgery, forensic science, dentistry and medicine.