Biology A Level

Course Overview

In the first year of the course you will study biochemistry, cells and development as well as gas exchange and transport in both plants and animals. You will also study the environment, how variation helps species to survive and look at Darwin's work.

In the second year you will add knowledge of photosynthesis and respiration, energy transfer, the nervous system, homeostasis, genetics and gene technology.

We follow the OCR specification A and the full specification can be found at
http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/171693-specification-accredited-as-level-gce-biology-a-h020.pdf

Course Requirements

5 GCSEs at grades 9 - 5 including English at grade 5, GCSE 5 Maths and GCSE Science grade 6

Course Skills & Benefits

Biology is best combined with at least one other mathematical or scientific subject, including psychology.

Course Progression

Biology is an essential qualification for a number of health related courses. It also develops valuable practical and problem solving skills that are useful for employemnt and higher education.

Course Assessment

Through written exams.

The A level is awarded on the basis of exams held at the end of the second year which cover the full course.

There is a separate practical grade awarded on the basis of the practical reports completed over the two year programme.

Course Additional Information

Full-time