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Why study Biology?

The subject opens up your understanding of the biological world around you. How life works, how your body functions and the relationships between the biological world and the environment.

Course content/Outline:

A Level Units

  • 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


Three written examination papers and ‘Practical endorsement in Biology’ which is reported separately and does not contribute to the overall A2 grade.

  1. Biological processes  - 2 hour 15 mins – content from modules 1,2,3 & 5 (37%)
  2. Biological Diversity - 2 hour 15 mins – content from modules 1,2,4 & 6 (37%)
  3. Unified Biology – 1 hour 30 mins – content from modules 1-6 (26%)

What career opportunities are there?

Biology is a respected, academic subject welcomed by Higher Education. It shows the ability to combine scientific methodology, mathematical precision with an ability to comment and describe. It is an essential subject for: Medicine, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Biochemistry and Pharmacy, Marine Biology and Zoology, Veterinary Science and desirable for Law, Science Journalism, Radiography, Optometry, Sports Science, Geology, Forensic Science, and Nutritional Science.

Syllabus: Biology A

Examination Board: OCR

More information: Mr A Kart / Miss L Turner