Biology

Specification: OCR

Qualification: A Level

Why study Biology?

Understanding the living world is crucial in the 21st century and Biology is a fascinating and absorbing subject that is highly respected by employers and universities. During A level Biology you will study interlinking mechanisms that explain how different organisms interact on both the cellular level and how this impacts life around us.

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?

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

How will I be assessed?

  • Biological processes (01) – 100 marks 2 hour 15 minutes written paper (37%). Content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5.
  • Biological diversity (02) – 100 marks 2 hour 15 minutes written paper (37%). Content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6
  • Unified biology (03) – 70 marks 1 hour 30 minutes written paper (26%). Synoptic paper covering all modules.
  • Practical endorsement in biology (04) – non examined assessment – reported separately, Pass or Fail.

Future Opportunities & Careers

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. It also helps students planning on studying analytical subjects ranging from law to accountancy to history, due to the observational and interpretational skills.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Biology or Combined Sciences, and GCSE Maths level 5 or above.

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.

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.

 

Head of Department: Mr Lee Moore

Email: lee.moore@gryphon.dorset.sch.uk

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