Biology (OCR A)

The study of life focuses on how life began, what living things are made up of, how they work and how they interact with the environment. The human species is of particular interest to us, in terms of studying human processes and the harmful and beneficial effects that we have on the Earth. Most people have some interest in Biology, whether it be related to “What is the meaning of life?”, health and fitness, diseases, concern for the environment, views on Genetic Engineering; most of these issues are covered in the A Level Biology course.

Biology has links with many other subjects. In particular, there are overlaps with Chemistry, Physical Education and Geography. As a result, our students have gone on to degrees in Biomedical Sciences, Environmental Science, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, among others.


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
The A Level is composed of three exams and a practical endorsement.
1: Biological processes: Written exam covering modules 1, 2, 3 & 5, 2 hours 15 mins, 37% of A Level
2: Biological diversity: Written exam covering modules 1, 2, 4 & 6, 2 hours 15 mins, 37% of A Level
3: Unified Biology: Written exam covering all modules 1-6, 1 hour 30 mins, 26% of A Level

Minimum Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including grade 6/6 in Double Science or grade 6 in Biology as a separate science. Due to the increased mathematical emphasis of the new courses we also require Mathematics GCSE grade 6.

Updated January 2019