Biology is central to dealing with the most important issues facing the world today, including environmental problems, health and disease, food production and the benefits and hazards of new genetic technologies. It enables individuals to know and understand more about living organisms and the workings of the body.
The aim of the course is to allow students to develop their interest in and enthusiasm for biology, including developing an interest in further study and careers in biology. This will include gaining essential knowledge and an understanding of different areas of Biology and how they relate to each other.
Students on the course will be able to appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society. Whilst at the same time, through practical exercises and the study of past key experiments, students will develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works.
- A minimum of five GCSEs (with two at grade 6, and three at grade 4), including at least two 6s in science.
- English GCSE grades should be a minimum of a grade 6. Maths GCSE should be a minimum of a grade 4.
- A minimum GCSE score of 6.0.
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Biology is a versatile subject that develops many important skills which are valued and recognised by both potential employers and universities. Links are made between the theory covered and real situations. There are a range of apprenticeships within the science field that are promoted.
We have students that have secured placements with local care homes and St John’s Ambulance to help support their application to university.
Components of Course
- 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
- This course will consist of exams only and will not include any coursework.
- Biological Process exam – 2 Hours 15 Minutes
- Biological Diversity Exam – 2 Hours 15 Minutes
- Unified Biology Exam – 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Practical skills will be assessed in a written examination and through a practical endorsement.
- OCR - Biology A