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OCR A Level in Biology, enables students to develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Biology and how they relate to each other. They will develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge of the scientific method and develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills.

Students will develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the different areas of Biology and understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society

OCR - Biology


Requirements for Study

Minimum APS:

  • 3 A Levels - 4.5
  • 2 A Levels & 1 Vocational - 4
  • 1 A Level   & 2 Vocational - 3.8

Subject Specific: 

  • Grade 6 or above in GCSE Biology or Grade 7 or above GCSE Combined Science
  • Grade 6 or above in GCSE Maths
  • Grade 5 or above GCSE English


Content is split into six teaching modules:

  • 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


Examinations are at the end of Y13, however students sit stand alone examinations at the end of Y12 to achieve an AS in Biology. This provides valuable examination practice and is a stand alone examination.

  • Component 01 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5.   2hrs 15 minutes
  • Component 02 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6.   2 hrs 15 minutes
  • Component 03 assesses content from all modules (1 to 6)        1 hr 30 minutes
  • Component 03 non- examined Practical Endorsement in biology


The A Level Biology A course will prepare learners for progression to undergraduate study, enabling them to enter a range of academic and vocational careers in biological sciences, medicine and biomedical sciences, veterinary science, agriculture and related sectors. For learners wishing to follow an apprenticeship route or those seeking direct entry into biological science careers, this A level provides a strong background and progression pathway.


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