Biology

Specification: OCR

Why study Biology?

Understanding the living world is crucial in the 21st century and Biology is a fascinating and absorbing subject highly respected by employers and universities.

Our Biology course gives students a balanced and relevant grounding in modern biology, equipping them for a wide range of careers and courses, for example in medicine, veterinary science, agriculture and biotechnology. We strive to nurture a curiosity, interest and passion for the subject, to make complex concepts understandable and to support students in achieving their full potential.

Ultimately, study Biology because YOU ENJOY IT!

What will I study?

A level Biology

Students will study three components for the qualification: Biological processes (01), Biological diversity (02) and Unified Biology (03).

Content is split into six teaching modules:

  • 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
  • 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).

How will I be assessed?

  • Biological processes (01) – 100 marks 2 hour 15 minutes written paper (37%).
  • Biological diversity (02) – 100 marks 2 hour 15 minutes written paper (37%).
  • Unified biology (03) – 70 marks 1 hour 30 minutes written paper (26%).
  • Practical endorsement in biology (04) – non exam assessment – reported separately.

Entry requirements

What we expect of our biologists:

  • Enthusiasm!
  • Can-do attitude
  • Full attendance to lessons
  • Deadlines met
  • Consolidation to the specification
  • Background reading

An enthusiastic interest in the subject and a commitment to conscientious study will bring success. A GCSE B grade in Additional Science or equivalent would indicate a suitable level of ability.

Course expenses

We are encouraging all students to purchase a course text, costing approximately £40, to support the course. Additional texts may be recommended on an individual basis to support their study. There may be financial help available for those in need.