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Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Biology
Code Biology
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The specification that we follow at Brookvale Groby Learning campus is OCR. Biology is a two year course. The scheme of assessment detailed below has a linear structure (examined in June only at the end of the two years.)

What are the aims of this course? 

A level biology should encourage students to: 

Develop essential knowledge and understanding of concepts in biology, and the skills needed to use these in:

  • New and changing situations
  • Develop an understanding of scientific methods
  • Be aware of advances in technology, including information technology. relevant to biology
  • Recognise the value and responsible use of biology in society
  • Sustain and develop their enjoyment of, and interest in, biology.


The Biology team at Brookvale Groby Learning campus are a dynamic and enthusiastic team. We are a very supportive bunch and always on offer to give you a helping hand. Weekly ‘Biology Surgery’ sessions take place to support students requiring additional help. Students can bring homework or class work to these sessions and Biology teachers will be on hand to help.   

Biology is not an easy subject and to be successful you will have to work hard. We hope you find the course  enjoyable and rewarding. 

The following is a summary of subject content:

Module 1: Development of Practical Skills in Biology 

Skills of planning, implementing and evaluation. This covers the practical skills that students develop throughout the course. Assessed via written examinations, this module underpins the entire specification.

Module 2: Foundations in Biology

Covers concepts required throughout the remaining modules. Includes Cell Structure, Biological molecules, nucleotides and nucleic acids, Enzymes, Biological membranes, Cell diversity and cellular organisation.

Module 3: Exchange and Transport

Exchange surfaces, Transport in animals, transport in plants.

Module 4: Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease

Includes: Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system. Biodiversity, classification and evolution.

Module 5: Communication, Homeostasis and Energy

Homeostasis, neuronal and hormonal communication, plant and animal responses. Photosynthesis, Respiration, Excretion.

Module 6: Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems

Cellular control and inheritance, manipulating genomes, biotechnology, cloning and populations.

In addition A level biology should encourage students to:

Show knowledge and understanding of the facts, principles and concepts from different areas of biology and to make and use connections between them.

Modules 1-6 combined with the Practical Endorsement constitute the full A-Level.

How will it be delivered?

Paper 1 - Biological Processes        2h 15 minutes    37%

Paper 2 - Biological Diversity           2h 15 minutes    37%

Paper 3—Unified Biology                 1h 30 minutes    26%

Non Exam     Teacher Assessed Practical Endorsement for Biology         Pass/Fail. Reported separately

Entry requirements

Overall Entry Requirements:

6 GCSE's at grade 4 or above including an English and Maths. 

Course Specific Entry Requirements:

GCSE grade 6+6 from Combined Science and a grade 5 in Maths or Grade 6 in Biology and Chemistry and a grade 5 in Maths.

Your next steps...

The biology course covers a wide range of material and is good preparation for anybody wishing to study Biology, or related subjects to a higher level. The course has many links with Chemistry, PE and Psychology.


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