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This course will develop knowledge and skills to help understand the living world around us. The course aims to provide a smooth transition between GCSE and A level with some topics being an extension of GCSE work. As well as studying in class, there are many opportunities available for students to enhance their learning and progress. Students in Year 12 visit the Biomedical Sciences at a University observing an electron microscope. Students in Year 13 go on a 3 day Ecology field course to the Purbecks. The content, split into six teaching modules with the Practical Endorsement to constitute the full A Level.

Qualification Details

Exam Board: OCR
Qualification Title: Biology
Qualification Specification Code: OCR H420
Qualification Webpage: Click here to visit the OCR webpage for the specification.

Entry Requirements

Standard Sixth Form entry requirements, plus GCSE Science grade 6 or above.

What will I study in this qualification?

The summary of components is as follows:
• Module 1: Development of practical skills in Biology
• Module 2: Foundations in Biology
• Module 3: Exchange and Transport
• Module 4: Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease
• Module 5: Communication, Homeostasis and Energy
• Module 6: Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems

Possible Career Paths

Research, Healthcare, Environmental Conservation, Education, Employment in Zoos, Aquariums and National Parks, Veterinary Science, Medicine, Marine Biology, Biotechnology, Agriculture, Food Science, Forensic Science, Politics and Policy, Environmental Protection, Pharmacology, Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering, Physiotherapy and many more.

A level Biology provides students the opportunity to develop a set of highly transferable skills. Competent biologists are adept at critical thinking. They are able to analyse and evaluate complex data. They have highly developed research skills and have the confidence to produce logical, evidence based solutions to problems.

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