Students have 8 periods of biology each week which is taught by two specialist biology teachers. Highly interactive lessons include a wide range of teaching styles including theory, practical work, discussion, exam practice, and independent study.
Specification - OCR A Level in Biology A (H420)
This linear A level course is studied from September 2023 to June 2025 and is assessed terminally by way of three written exam papers.
Formal coursework has been replaced by a non-examined Practical Endorsement, which is assessed internally and reported separately on the exam certificate as a Pass or Fail. Learners complete a minimum of 12 assessed experiments covering the technical skills outlined in the specification. Students will be required to keep a record of their practical assessments throughout the course.
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Biology (A) A level Specification
A Level Lessons
Students have 8 periods of biology each week which is taught by two specialist biology teachers. Highly interactive lessons include a wide range of teaching styles including theory, practical work, discussion, exam practice, and independent study. Students are supported throughout the course to help them acquire the necessary knowledge and skills with emphasis placed upon developing independent learning through home and class work. Regular assessment, monitoring and feedback will ensure that students remain on track to achieve their potential. Workbooks have been created for each topic which include specification summaries, tables, tasks and past paper questions. These have proved immensely popular with our students and have greatly assisted the development of independent learning.
An overview of how the course is organised throughout the year can be found in the Year 12 Topic Planner at the bottom of this page
UCAS Predicted Grades
Assessment will be at the end of 2 years . It must be stressed that the unit tests and end of year exam in Year 12 will play a central role in determining predicted grades for the UCAS applications in the following Autumn. It is essential that all students maintain the correct balance with all their subjects, to ensure that they achieve a good predicted grade.
Students are offered the opportunity to participate in a range of enrichment activities including BAYS lectures by prominent scientists, university visits and workshops, voluntary dissection and fieldwork.
Students will need to refer to the OCR text book. Many students find a revision guide useful and there are several different ones to choose from including the A-Level Biology OCR A: Revision Bundle (for the 2023 and 2024 exams) published by CGP.Tweets by BWordsworths