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Blackfen School for Girls

Blackfen School for Girls

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Biology A Level


The A level Biology curriculum aims to:

It encourages learners to

· develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other

· Develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods

· Develop competence  and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills

· Develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject

· Understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society

This information, along with the course details below, is taken from the OCR specification, which can be found at the following link:

Course details:

Board: OCR    Course Title: GCE Biology

Course codes: Advanced Subsidiary GCE H020; Advanced GCE H420

Year 12

Students study three taught units:

Module 2: Foundations in Biology

Module 3: Exchange and transport including exchange surfaces

Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease

Year 13

Students study two taught units:

Module 5: Communication, homeostasis and energy

Module 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

Throughout year 12 and 13 students work on Module 1: Development of practical skills in Biology, this involves specified practicals which will be assessed whilst the practical is taking place as well as in their written examination.

How will I be assessed: 

Paper 1: Biological Processes, 100 marks, 2hrs 15 minutes, written paper 37% of total A level

Paper 2: Biological Diversity, 100 marks, 2hrs 15 minutes, written paper 37% of total A level

Paper 3: Unified Biology, 70 marks, 1hr 30 minutes, written paper 26% of total A level

Practical endorsement in Biology: non exam assessment, reported separately

Entrance requirements:

Students are required to achieve Level 6 in Core and Additional Science, or in Triple Science. Biology A level is an incredibly demanding course and students need to be prepared to carry out a great deal of independent study, in addition to the HW set.