A Level OCR
Introduction to the Course
This course follows a traditional content-based pathway introducing students to the key concepts that they will need in order to understand how Biology affects our lives and to prepare them for further study in this area. They will develop knowledge and understanding of different areas of Biology and how they relate to each other, as well as appreciating how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how Biology contributes to the success of the economy and society. Success in A Level Biology requires a solid grounding in Chemistry and Mathematics as well as strong scientific literacy skills.
Standard entry requirements and at least two grade
6’s in Combined Science or in GCSE Biology and GCSE
To study Biology AND Chemistry A level students must
have achieved at least grade 7s for GCSE Science.
The only option available to students is the two year full
A Level Biology course, we do not offer the AS course. All
examinations are taken at the end of Year 13. Modules
taken cover Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Physiology and
Both components are assessed against the following
four Assessment Objectives which are equally weighted:
The A Level course is divided into 4 assessed parts;
- Paper 1 is worth 37% of the marks and is based on biological processes. It is made up of multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions.
- Paper 2 is worth 37% of the marks and is based on biological diversity. It is made up of multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions.
- Paper 3 is worth 26% of the marks and is synoptic, covering all aspects of theory and practical. It is made up of multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions.
- The fourth aspect of the assessment will be based on mathematical skills.
Future Career Progression
Many universities require applicants to their Biology courses to also have Chemistry at AS or A level, in particular this is essential for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry. Students wishing to pursue these careers should ensure that their A Level combinations meet this requirement.
University courses involving Biology are many and varied including Medicine, Dentistry, Biomedical Sciences, Zoology, Marine Biology and Molecular Biology. Studying Biology offers a range of career opportunities locally as well as nationally and internationally, with Biotechnology companies such as Abbott, Diasorin & Remel being among the biggest employers in the Dartford area.