A Level Course

Why should I study Biology at Moor Park?

OCR Biology is one of the key A Levels much respected by Higher Education institutions and employers alike. It will help prepare you for a variety of careers such as medicine, physiotherapy or dentistry; it can also lead to further academic study of the subject and potential research careers.

What will the course involve?

OCR Biology involves five content based taught modules and one additional module in the practical skills of Biology. Three modules are studied in year 12, with another two making up the complete A2 course. You will complete practical work throughout the course, with 12 key practical elements contributing to the ‘practical endorsement’ at A2. Content will include topics on biological molecules, cells, evolution, genetics and many other current topical areas of Biology.

You will be rigorously tracked against your targets via assessment and
homework, support will be provided to hit or exceed this target. You will also be expected to work independently and read around the subject to get the absolute maximum out of your time at Moor Park.

How will I be assessed?

Each sub-module within the course will have an assessment linked to the course specification; these will contain real exam questions and fully prepare you for your A Level summer examinations. A review of these assessments will take place after marking, to build your PLC or ‘personalised learning checklist’ – this will allow you to consolidate on your strengths and improve your areas of weakness with specific intervention work. Homework and practical work will also be assessed, with any work under target being repeated.

Formal examinations will take place at the end of Year 13, with three written papers covering all studied content. Your practical work will be assessed internally by your teacher(s) and via your practical log book. Where does this course lead There are a huge range of higher education courses that follow on from OCR A Level Biology including medicine, pharmacology, physiotherapy, veterinary science, sports science, occupational therapy, microbiology and zoology.

What are the entry requirements for this course?

5 GCSE grades at A* – C, or 4 – 9, including GCSE mathematics and/or English/English language.
In addition, a grade C or above is required in both core and additional science on the higher tier or a C in biology.

Exam Board: OCR