BIOLOGY

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YEAR 13 STUDENT

A-Level Biology doesn’t just concern the study of life. It provides a solid grounding in analytical thinking, writing reports and clear information – skills that you will be of high value throughout your life. You will gain a deep understanding of the world around you and you will come to appreciate it more. If you enjoy diverse fields in the study of life then you should definitely choose biology.

WHY STUDY BIOLOGY?

Biology is one of the most popular A Level subjects in the country, attracting students studying a wide range of other subjects. Many of these students enjoy the subject so much they eventually choose a biologically related degree course. Others go on to careers in law, computing, accounting or teaching. So, whatever field you will eventually work in, you will find biology a very rewarding and challenging course which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career. Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from microorganisms to mammoths. Biology is never far from the headlines either. 

COURSE CONTENT

  • Development of practical skills in biology 

  • Cell structure 

  • Biological molecules 

  • Nucleotides and nucleic acids 

  • Enzymes 

  • Biological membranes

  • Cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation 

  • Plant and animal responses 

  • Photosynthesis 

  • Respiration 

  • Cellular control 

  • Patterns of inheritance 

  • Manipulating genomes 

  • Cloning and biotechnology 

  • Ecosystems 

  • Populations and sustainability

  • Exchange surfaces 

  • Transport in animals  

  • Transport in plants 

  • Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system 

  • Biodiversity 

  • Classification and evolution 

  • Communication and homeostasis 

  • Excretion as an example of homeostatic control

  • Neuronal communication

  • Hormonal communication

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES:

  • Introducing Philosophy of Science - Ziauddin Sardar

  • Introducing Statistics - Eileen Magnello & Borin Van Loon

  • Introducing Genetics - Steve Jones & Borin Van Loon

  • How we live and why we die: the secret lives of cells - Lewis Wolpert

  • Don't Die Young: An Anatomist's Guide to Your Organs and Your Health - Alice Roberts

  • Introducing Darwin - Jonathan Miller & Borin Van Loon

  • Introducing Evolution: A Graphic Guide - Dylan Evans & Howard Selina

  • The Blind Watchmaker - Richard Dawkins

  • The Origin of Species - Charles Darwin

  •  The Language of the Genes - Steve Jones

  • The Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins

  • The Incredible Human Journey - Alice Roberts

ASSESSMENTS

Exam Papers

Paper 1 : Biological Processes

2hrs 15mins (37%)

Paper 2: Biological Diversity

2hrs 15mins (37%)

Paper 3: Unified Biology

1hr 30mins (26%)

 

Non-exam Assessments

12 internally moderated practicals

HIGHER EDUCATION ROUTES

Medicine / Veterinary / Dentistry / Biochemistry / Molecular Biology / Forensic science / Sports Science / Psychology / Sociology

POTENTIAL CAREERS

​Research / Lecturing / Pharmaceuticals / Medicine / Journalism / Teaching / Science Communication / Zoology / Museums / Sport Science / Forensics  

EXAM BOARD: OCR

COURSE CODE: H420

COURSE TYPE: A Level

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