A Level Biology 

OCR Biology A (H420)

Why Study A-level Biology?

A-level biology is an interesting and challenging course.

When you find out how the world works and everything fits together to allow life to exist, it’s amazing. Biology is an exciting and dynamic subject at the heart of modern healthcare, research, agriculture, conservation and sustainability.  Not only does the course provide a more in-depth understanding of how our own body works, but it also explores the wider aspects of life on Earth and how we understand it. 

This is essential background for anyone considering pursuing a career in science, but also of great importance to anyone living in living in a today’s society.  A good understanding of biology is crucial to being able to engage with many of the most topical current issues such as stem cell technology, drug development, global warming, conservation, etc. 

Biology at UTC Cambridge

At UTC Cambridge we believe that science is a practical subjects and we strive to make lessons as interactive and practical as possible.  You will receive five hours of Biology lessons per week, these are often supported by the work that you will complete in Challenge Projects.

Where can A-level Biology take you?

Biology opens the doors to many careers and courses.  Qualifications in Biology lead onto a very wide range of university courses, apprenticeships and careers, which can include traditional careers such as medicine, veterinary science, and research to media, management, diagnostics, law and many, many, more.

 
Assessment:

Exam 1: Biological processes (01) assesses content from modules 1,2,3 and 5.

100 marks - 2 hour 15 minutes - 37% of total A level

Exam 2: Biological diversity (02) assesses content from modules 1,2,4 and 6.

100 marks - 2 hour 15 minutes - 37% of total A level

Exam 3: Unified biology (02) assesses content from all modules (1-6).

70 marks - 1hour 30 minutes - 26% of total A level


Practical endorsement in biology (non exam assessment) is achieved by successfully completing a series of practicals over the two years of the course.

All written assessments are at the end of the two year course.

Entry requirements:

An average grade of a B at GCSE with a B in biology or core and additional science. B in maths is also required.

 Specification

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In brief the course consists of 6 modules over 2 years:

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology (taught in combination with modules 2-5)

Module 2 – Foundation 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

 

Year 12 A Level Teaching Programme

Year 13 A Level Teaching Programme

 

Where can I get extra help?

Click here to view sample assessment materialthat can give you an idea of the level of the course.

CGP revision guides (view here) can also help with course content. They also produce a bridging book to help pupils make the jump from GCSE to A-level. Both books can be found at the following web page. If the revision guides are bought through the school once the pupil has started they can be acquired at a reduced rate.