A Level Biology will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of biology. It covers the key concepts of biology and practical skills are integrated throughout the course.

What’s it about?

Why study Biology?

Entry requirements

What you learn

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This combination of academic challenge and practical focus makes the prospect of studying A Level Biology highly appealing. You will learn about the core concepts of biology and about the impact of biological research and how it links to everyday life. You will learn to apply your knowledge, investigate and solve problems in a range of contexts.

A Level Biology is an excellent base for a university degree in healthcare, such as medicine, veterinary or dentistry, as well as the biological sciences, such as biochemistry, molecular biology or forensic science. Biology can also complement sports science, psychology, sociology and many more.

The Course Structure

The OCR Biology Specification A covers:

Year 12

Module 1: Development of practical skills

Practicals carried out contribute to the ‘Practical Endorsement’ qualification awarded at the end of Year 13.

Module 2: Foundations in Biology

Biological molecules and cells.

Module 3: Exchange and transport

Transport systems and exchange surfaces in plants and animals.

Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease

Classification, biodiversity and ecology, communicable disease and immunity.

Year 12 Assessment

Paper 1 ‘Breadth’ and Paper 2 ‘Depth’ (both 1 ½ hr).

Year 13

Module 5: Communication, homeostasis and energy

Nervous system, hormonal control, the liver and kidney, plant responses, photosynthesis and respiration.

Module 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

Genetics, inheritance, manipulating genomes, cloning and biotechnology, ecosystems, populations and sustainability.

Year 13 Assessment

  • Paper 1: Biological processes (Modules 1, 2, 3 & 5) 2hrs 15mins, 37%.
  • Paper 2: Biological diversity (Modules 1, 2, 4, 6) 2hrs 15 mins, 37%.
  • Paper 3: Unified Biology (Modules 1-6) 1hr 30mins, 26%.
  • CPAC “Practical Endorsement” (Practical skills internally assessed).

Please note – if you are opting to study Biology and not opting to study A Level Mathematics then we recommend taking level 3 Core Maths as your 4th option (rather than EPQ or Directed Study).

Potential Careers

  • Biological Researcher
  • Doctor
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Forensics Scientist
  • Lawyer
  • Science Writer
  • Sports Writer

 Why Study Biology?

 Entry Requirements

Subject Qualification (Level 3) Required GCSE Grades
(in addition to Sixth Form entry requirements)
Additional Information
Biology A Level 6+ Biology or 7+ Double Science and 6+ Mathematics  

What You Learn

Our Learning Journeys have been created to give you a flavour for the types of topics students study in each year at our school. They show what will be covered throughout the year and during each half-term, but please note there is some flexibility to what is taught when. We hope you find them helpful.