OCR AS and A Level Biology

SFcopy13Biology is an ideal choice for students with an interest and curiosity about the diversity and origins of the living world around them. A Level Biology aims to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the ways in which living organisms function and their interactions with their environment. Many different organisms are studied, not exclusively humans and plants. Topics that our students find particularly interesting are: the brain, the heart, the transmission and spread of disease, the kidney, the liver, animal behaviour and genetics.

To be successful in Biology you must have a real thirst for learning, be curious, enthusiastic, organised and determined; Biology is a content-heavy subject and requires you to use complex terminology to explain and analyse key processes.

You will develop practical skills that are integrated into theoretical topics and assessed through exam papers. You will also learn how biological models are developed, the applications and implications of Biology; the benefits, risks and ethics that Biology brings and the ways in which society uses it to make decisions.

During AS Level Biology you will study 3 modules comprising of Foundations in Biology (cell structure and function, biological molecules and enzymes), Exchange and Transport (the movement of gases and other important molecules in mammals, other animals and plants) and Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease. Practical skills will be also taught throughout AS to be assessed within examination papers.

At A Level your practical skills will be developed further in preparation for higher education and you could be awarded a Practical Endorsement if a minimum of 12 key activities are performed correctly to collect data. You will continue to study Foundations in Biology to extend the depth of your learning and also study two other modules; Communications, Homeostasis and Energy (how the human body remains regulated by organs such as the liver and kidney with help from the nervous and hormonal systems and how energy is released in Respiration and Photosynthesis) and Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems.

Studying Biology is the perfect entry route into a variety of careers such as veterinary science, ecology, zoology and biomedical science or paramedical subjects such as osteopathy and physiotherapy. Biology can lead to nursing, teaching or more vocational qualifications such as sports therapy and fitness training.

Qualification equivalence: AS/A Level
Course contact: Miss Stevenson
Assessment: Examination
Additional entry requirements: Grade B in GCSE Biology
Suggested combinations: Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Mathematics
Link: www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-biology-a-h020-h420-from-2015/