West Lakes Academy - Sixth Form Course Guide

Biology OCR A LEVEL Specific entry requirements For you to be successful in A Level Biology you need to have achieved grades 5-9, including 6 in GCSE Biology or 6-6 in Combined Science, 6 in another Science GCSE and grade 5 in Mathematics. Content of the course The OCR specification explores many different branches of Biology and allows students to develop an essential knowledgeandunderstanding of thesedifferent areas and how they link together. Module 1: Development of practical skills in Biology including planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation. Module 2: Foundations in Biology, which includes cell structure and division, biological molecules, DNA structure, enzymes, biological membranes. Module 3: Exchange and transport, which includes exchange surfaces, and transport in animals and plants. Module 4: Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease Module 5: Communication, Homeostasis and Energy, which includes neuronal and hormonal communication, plant and animal responses, photosynthesis and respiration. Module 6: Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems, which includes patterns of inheritance cellular control, manipulating genomes, cloning, biotechnology, populations and sustainability. How is the course assessed? The A Level course is assessed by two written exams: • Breadth in Biology (01) • Depth in Biology (02) Both exams assess content from all four Year 12 modules and are both 1 hour 30 minutes long. Each exam is worth 70 marks and both contribute equally to the final AS grade. The papers consist of a mixture of multiple choice, short and long answer questions. The A Level course is assessed by three written exams and will include multiple choice questions, short answer question styles and extended response questions. • Biological processes (01) and Biological diversity (02) are 2 hour 15 minute exam papers worth 100 marks each. Both papers contribute towards 37% of the final West Lakes Academy - Sixth Form A Level grade. Each exam paper will contain content from specific modules from during the two year course. • Unified Biology (03) is a 1 hour 30 minutes paper worth 70 marks. This paper contributes 26% of the final A Level and will contain elements from all six modules studied over the two years. • Practical endorsement in Biology (04) is reported separately to the final A Level grade and measures student performance in the practical aspects of the course, such as the ability to safely and correctly use a range of practical equipment and ability to present information and data in a scientific way. The culmination of your efforts will give you a pass or non classified alongside your grade. Is this course for you and where could it take you? A Level Biology is an excellent academic qualification that complements many subject combinations. It is a challenging course and is classed as a facilitating subject by Russell groupuniversities. Biology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry, radiography, environmental science, ecology, nursing, zoology, marine biology forensic science and many more. Contact PleasecontactMissGDickinson dickinsong@westlakesmat.org.uk 8