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

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

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. There may be financial help available for those in need.

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The Gryphon School - Facebook 18 Jan

It’s less than a week until our Careers and Degree Apprenticeship Fair! Gryphon students will have the opportunity to meet the employers during the day, but there is also an evening session (4.30-7.00pm) when you are welcome to come back with your parents, and it is also open to the public, so any young people in the area who want to find out more about career options are welcome!

Download the Event Programme now for a full list of which employers are coming, and it also includes some handy tips for how to get the most out of your discussions with companies:https://www.gryphon.dorset.sch.uk/events/sixth-form-careers-degree-apprenticeship-fair/#.WmCIdxicab9

The Gryphon School - Facebook 22 Jan

*Careers & Degree Apprenticeships Fair – Wednesdsay*
As well as some of the region’s top employers, we also have a number of other organisations attending on Wednesday. The Samee Project is a unique and inspirational social enterprise that aims to promote self-employment and freelance working as viable career options to young people in school education.

Chris Wilkinson will be on the stand to talk to students and parents – he was awarded an MBE for his services to the Police. He is also an Animal behaviourist and dog trainer and a Patron of the SAMEE Charity.

Find out more: https://samee.co.uk/news/

The Gryphon School - Facebook 24 Jan

Don’t forget today is our Careers & Degree Apprenticeship Fair, from 4.30-7.00pm. It is open to all students/young people/parents from Dorset and Somerset, so come along and meet over 45 employers and universities to discuss career options!

Sixth Form Open Evening

for September 2018 entry

Weds 8th November 2017, 5.30-7.30pm

Headteacher's address at 5.30 / 6.15 / 7.00pm