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Course outline

A Level biology will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of biology.  You will learn about the core concepts of biology, about the impact of biological research, ethical considerations and how it links to everyday life.

Course content

The course is split into six teaching 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

Emphasis throughout the course is on increasing knowledge, developing competence and confidence in practical skills, and enhancing problem-solving skills.

If students are entered for AS Biology they will sit 2 papers, each of which provides 50% towards the qualification.

A Level (A2) Biology is examined through 3 written papers. Papers 1 and 2 each contribute 37% and Paper 3 provides 26% of the overall qualification.

There is a small degree of overlap between biology and A Level chemistry, physics, geography and geology courses, particularly in the areas of biochemistry, environmental science and microbiology. It also complements psychology.

Entry requirements

GCSE combined science or biology, grade 6

Career / higher education opportunities

You could follow a degree course in biology, environmental science, medicine, nursing, dentistry, psychology or pharmacy or a Higher National Certificate or Diploma in biological science and related courses. There is a vast number of different careers that link to biology including pharmacy, biotechnology, catering and land management.

Course specification

OCR Biology A

Student view

"I have enjoyed completing the A Level Biology course, the teachers have been very supportive and the facilities at the school are more than enough to meet my scientific needs. It's nice to know that if I'm ever confused, I can easily ask one of my teachers to clarify."