Course Title Biology A

Exam Board OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA)

Like the other sciences, biology has been reformed to the new model whereby AS and A level courses are entirely separate qualifications. We will not be offering AS biology so choosing biology as an option means two years of study with three examinations in June/July of year 13. If the subject is not continued from year 12 to 13 no qualification will be awarded.

Six teaching modules thoroughly cover the main foundations of Biology for those wishing to pursue degree courses and careers in the field:

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in biology – with the removal of coursework from reformed A levels this will include practical skills assessed in the written examinations

Module 2 – Foundations in biology – including cellular structure and biological molecules

Module 3 – Exchange and transport – in both plants and animals

Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease – classification, the variety of life and a focus on disease and the immune system

Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy – excretion, respiration, photosynthesis, hormonal communication and the nervous system

Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems – to include biotechnology, inheritance, sustainability and ecosystems


Admission Criteria:

At least an A grade in GCSE Biology including a B grade minimum in module B3.

For those who studied a double award GCSE an A grade in Additional Science is required with an A in the B2 paper.

Additional Information:

The course offers pupils the opportunity to study a mix of traditional Biology alongside current advances in Gene Technology and Biotechnology. Students will be expected to work hard outside of lessons and to give up free time to develop their understanding in free periods and after school. The course is extremely content heavy meaning that a foundation of factual knowledge is essential to develop conceptual understanding. We take a practical approach to every topic developing skills from GCSE, encouraging independent thought, analysis of data and the ability to think critically.

The department runs a number of trips during the course including: Natural History Museum, Howlett’s Wild Animal Park and Sittingbourne Research Laboratories. The reformed syllabus now gives us the flexibility to also plan a field trip to undertake experimental work in Modules 4 and 6.

Biology is very much an ‘all-rounders’ subject suitable for students with high levels of both literacy and numeracy.

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Biology Scheme of Work 2 KS5.pdf 27th Aug 2015 Download
Biology Scheme of Work 3 KS5.pdf 27th Aug 2015 Download
Biology Scheme of Work KS5.pdf 27th Aug 2015 Download