A-Level Biology

What will I be learning? 

You will complete 6 modules as part of the OCR Biology A course. This will include   

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

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed at the end of the two years and the table below provides an overview of the format and what is included.

Paper Modules No. of Marks Time % of total A-Level
Biological processes (01) 1,2,3,5 100 marks 2 hour 15 minutes written paper 37%
Biological diversity (02) 1,2,4,6 100 marks 2 hour 15 minutes written paper 37%
Unified biology (03) 1,2,3,4,5,6 70 marks 1 hour 30 minutes written paper 26%

You are also required to complete the Practical Endorsement which consists of practical work and is judged as a Pass or Fail. This does not count towards your final grade, but the content is examined in all papers.

Independent study opportunities

Independent work is essential and you will be guided to resources that will help with this. This includes access to online resources such as Kerboodle and Biological Science Review. You will also have access to textbooks both hard copies as well as online versions.

What resources do I need? 

You will be provided with resources needed for theory and practical lessons.

Will I go on any trips?

It is our hope that we will resume Biology field trips in the near future.

What careers could this lead on to? 

Marine Biology, Wildlife warden, Veterinary nursing, Medicine, Biochemistry, Journalism,  Physiotherapy, Dentistry, Botany, Archaeology, Politics, Microbiology

What grades do I need for this course? 

A minimum of a grade 6 in GCSE Biology or grade 6-6 in GCSE Combined Science