A Level Biology

Specification link

The course we follow is OCR Biology A.

Course description

Biology is the study of life. It is a vast and rapidly changing subject with connections to many other subjects. Many of the topics you will study in Biology A-level develop ideas you have come across at iGCSE, while some others will be completely new. Taught using discursive techniques, you will become familiar at reading articles, discussing biological themes and sharing your ideas. A practical course, you will develop key laboratory skills to prepare you for studying Science at university. Below are the six modules that are spread across the course: 

  1. Development of practical skills (spread throughout course) 
  1. Foundations in Biology (cells, cell division and biochemistry) 
  1. Exchange and Transport 
  1. Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease 
  1. Communication, Homeostasis and Energy 
  1. Genetics and Ecosystems 

All Sixth Form biologists attend a field trip in the L6 Summer Term to Pembrokeshire. During the field trip you will learn the ecology component of the course and complete practicals that contribute towards the Practical Endorsement. 

Historical Results 

Year College Biology 
% A+ %A+-A *A+-B % A+ %A+-A *A+-B 
2019 24.2 57.8 86.4 22.2 44.4 66.7 
2022 37.4 74.5 94.8 58.8 100.0 100.0 
2023 28.0 67.2 89.4 38.5 92.3 100.0 

Assessment structure

The A-level Biology course is now fully linear, meaning that exams will take place at the end of the U6 year. Practical skills are assessed through the Practical Endorsement. Students are expected to gain practical skills throughout the course, which are internally assessed. 

ComponentModules AssessedMarks AvailableQuestion Style
11,2,3 and 5100Multiple choice and short answer
21,2,4 and 6100Multiple choice and short answer
31 to 670Multiple choice and short answer
4Non-exam assessment that rewards the development of practical competency in Biology

Potential careers

Biology is essential preparation for those considering careers as doctors, dentists, vets, biochemists, botanists, ecologists, zoologists. Biology degrees can also lead into a huge range of other careers. The following link provides some information-Royal Society of Biology careers page

Contact for more information

Mrs A Edmunds (AGE@wellingtoncollege.org.uk)