OCR BIOLOGY A Specification H420
We follow a traditional A Level Biology course which is both interesting and excellent preparation for studying the subject at university. A Level Biology is a popular choice in the sixth form and many of our students have successfully gone onto Biology-related courses including: Medicine, Veterinary Science, Marine Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics and Environmental Science.
The A Level Biology course is split into six modules:
- Development of practical skills in Biology
- Foundations in Biology
- Exchange and Transport
- Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease
- Communication, Homeostasis and Energy
- Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems
This course is assessed as follows:
Paper 1: Biological Processes, 37%, examined at the end of Upper 6th
Paper 2: Biological Diversity, 37% examined at the end of Upper 6th
Paper 3: Unified Biology, 26% examined at the end of Upper 6th
Practical endorsement for biology, Non-Examination Assessment of practical work conducted during Lower and Upper 6th
The following trips will be part of the course:
- A Level biologists attend a residential field course at Dale Fort in Pembrokeshire to undertake practical ecological work, cost approximately £340-380, compulsory.
Apart from the trips outlined above, there are no additional costs associated with the A Level Biology course except for two revision guides which students are strongly encouraged to buy, cost approximately £20.
- students are encouraged to attend Biology master classes at Oxford University’s Museum of Natural History
- students are also encouraged to attend particular public lectures at the various Biology and medical departments at Oxford and Brookes universities
- students are encouraged to take part in challenging national Biology competitions run by the Royal Society of Biology – with great success
- Intermediate Biology Olympiad (L6)
- Biology Olympiad (U6)
Revised February 2017