AS/A Level Biology

Exam Board

OCR Specification A

Course Entry Requirement

Grade 6+ for GCSE Combined Science OR Grade 6+ for GCSE Biology AND Grade 6+ in Maths GCSE

Course Overview

  • Cell structure
  • Biological molecules
  • Nucleotides and nucleic acids
  • Enzymes
  • Biological membranes
  • Cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation
  • Exchange surfaces
  • Transport in animals
  • Transport in plants
  • Communicable diseases
  • Biodiversity
  • Classification and Evolution
  • Communication and homeostasis
  • Excretion
  • Neuronal and hormonal communication
  • Plant and animal responses
  • Photosynthesis and respiration
  • Cellular control
  • Genetics
  • Biotechnology
  • Ecosystems and populations

Emphasis throughout the course is on developing knowledge, competence and confidence in practical skills and problem solving.


  • Two 1hr 30 mins examinations at the end of Year 12 for AS Level Biology
  • Two 2hrs 15 mins examinations and one x 1hr 30 mins examination at the end of Year 13 for A Level Biology
  • Formative assessments takes place in the form of PPEs in December and March as well as in class assessments roughly every two weeks to track progress.

Support Materials

All students are encouraged to purchase from the school:

  • OCR AS/A level Biology A by Pearson, 2nd edition. This support teaching and learning in Year 12.
  • OCR A2/A level Biology A by Pearson, 2nd edition. This supports teaching and learning in Year 13.

Any Specialist Equipment Required?

None. You will be provided with all necessary equipment for practical as well as any safety gear. All students should bring a pen, pencil, ruler and a scientific calculator to all lessons.

Clubs or Interventions

AS booster class every morning from 7.30am in Room 201 with Dr Isamah.
AM Form time intervention with Dr Isamah in Room 112.

Future Careers/Uni Courses

The course is an excellent base for a university degree in healthcare such as medicine, veterinary or dentistry as well as the biological sciences, such biochemistry, molecular biology or forensic science. Biology can also complement sports science, psychology, sociology and many more.

A Level Biology A can open up a range of career opportunities including: biological research, medical, environmental, forensics, sports and science communication. The transferable skills you will learn, such as problem solving, are also useful for many other areas such as law.

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