THE ECCLESBOURNE SCHOOL

Learning Together For The Future

Biology

Exam Board: OCR

Contact: Mrs P. Bamber

Course Overview

This course aims to develop your enthusiasm for Biology and hopefully even an interest in further study and a career in the subject!

In Year 12 you will study the first section of A Level Biology covering units looking at biological molecules, cells, how organisms exchange substances with their environment, genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms. Throughout A Level, practical Biology will be assessed through a minimum of 12 practical activities that are graded as pass or fail. This information is then sent to the exam board.

At the end of Year 12 there are two AS examinations. Both papers are 1 hour 30 minutes long and contain 70 marks. The marks from these assessments will be used to determine the suitability to continue on to A Level, although they will not contribute to the final A Level grade. A residential field trip will potentially be running in the summer of Year 12 preparing students for sampling skills needed in subsequent topics.

Students working towards A Level will continue through to Year 13, completing all 12 practical assessments and will study units in energy transfer, how organisms respond to the environment, genetics, populations & ecosystems and the control of gene expression.

Entry Requirements:

5 GCSES 4-9 or A*-C to include Maths and English Lang or Lit Grade 5 and either
GCSE Combined Science: 5,5 or
GCSE Separate Sciences: Grade 5 in Biology and Grade 5 in either Chemistry or Physics

Where can Biology take me?
  • Biology could enable you to embark on a number of scientific degree courses, including Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science.
  • It is also highly advisable, at least at AS, if you are thinking of a Nursing degree.
  • The skills you will acquire can lead to various careers, including Research, Pharmacology or even Oceanography!

Assessment

AS Level ASSESSMENT % of Course
Paper 1
Paper 2
1 hour 30 minute exam
1 hour 30 minute exam
50%
50%
A Level ASSESSMENT  % of Course
Paper 1
Paper 2
Paper 3
2 hour 15 minute exam
2 hour 15 minute exam
1 hour 30 minute exam
37%
37%
26%

If you have any questions or queries relating to the Science curriculum please email headofscience@ecclesbourne.derbyshire.sch.uk for more information.