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Blackfen School for Girls

Blackfen School for Girls

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Biology A Level


Exam board: OCR

Why study this subject: 

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


Module 1: Development of practical skills in Biology

1.1 Practical skills assessed in a written examination

1.2 Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement

Module 2: Foundations in Biology

2.2.2 Cell structure

2.1.2 Biological molecules

2.1.3 Nucleotides and nucleic acids

2.1.4 Enzymes

2.1.5 Biological membranes

2.1.6 Cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation

Module 3: Exchange and transport

3.1.1 Exchange surfaces

3.1.2 Transport in animals

3.1.3 Transport in plants

Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease

4.1.1 Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system

4.1.2  Biodiversity

4.2.2 Classification and evolution

Module 5: Communication, homeostasis and energy

5.1.1 Communication and homeostasis

5.1.2 Excretion as an example of homeostatic control

5.1.3 Neuronal communication

5.1.4 Hormonal communication

5.1.5 Plant and animal responses

5.2.1 Photosynthesis

5.2.2 Respiration

Mpdule 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

6.1.1 Cellular control

6.1.2 Patterns of inheritance

6.1.3 Manipulating genomes

6.2.1 Cloning and biotechnology

6.3.1 Ecosystems

6.3.2 Populations and sustainability

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

Future course and possible careers:

Studying A level Biology can allow you to study courses in medicine, veterinary science and dentistry, optometry, physiotherapy, pharmaceutical sciences, forensic science, biomedical and biological sciences, environmental health and food sciences.