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A Level

Biology

What could this course lead to?

Sidcot has a really strong success rate with A Level Sciences and as such many students continue their studies in the sciences or go on to study medicine.

GCSEs required

A good pass in GCSE Biology, IGCSE Biology or GCSE Combined Science.

The modules for biology are as follows:

  • Foundations in Biology
  • Exchange and Transport
  • Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease
  • Practical Skills

A Level

  • Communication, Homeostasis and Energy
  • Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems
  • Practical Skills

Are there any trips or extracurricular activities linked to this course?

There are a variety of fieldwork trips and excursions to support the curriculum content.

What benefits does this subject have for university entrance?

Biology is the science of life and there has been rapid developments in the study of biology. We are set to enter a “biological revolution” which will affect us all. Following an A Level Biology course will allow you to make informed and valid conclusions about the many ethical, environmental and biotechnological issues which occur today. The course provides a sound academic training, developing skills in essay writing, practical work, data handling and in the retention, then use, of a considerable body of knowledge. The skills you develop will provide an important background for a variety of different careers.

What skills or learning approach do I need for this subject?

The aims of this course are to develop the following areas:

  • To stimulate and both sustain and develop an interest in Biology
  • To develop an understanding of biological facts and appreciate their significance
  • To emphasise the social and applied aspects of Biology
  • To encourage an awareness of the contribution of Biology to the needs of society
  • To be complete in itself and provide a useful educational function for students not intending to study Biology at a higher Level
  • To provide a suitable foundation for study of biological science at a higher Level
  • To encourage respect for all forms of life

How is it examined?

At A Level, there are 3 written exam papers.

  • Biological Processes (100 marks, 2 hours 15 minutes, 37% of the total)
  • Biological Diversity (100 marks, 2 hours 15 minutes, 37% of the total)
  • Unified Biology (70 marks, 1 hour and 30 minutes, 24% of the total)
  • Practical Endorsement (non examined assessment)

Will I need to do coursework?

There is no coursework. Practical skills will be tested in the exams. At A Level a practical endorsement certificate can be awarded on completion of a minimum of 12 practical skills competences.
These are assessed internally.

What syllabus do you follow?

OCR: www.ocr.org.uk

Examination method: Three written exams at A Level.

Coursework: No.

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