Biology A/AS Level OCR

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
‘BB’ in double award GCSE Science or ‘B’ in GCSE Biology as part of a minimum entry requirement into 6th form with 7 A* - C.
 
WHO TEACHES BIOLOGY?
Mr Gillham, Mr Koomson, Mr Charles and Ms Sembi
Each group is usually shared between two teachers.
 
What Course Do We Follow?
The 2015/2016 cohort of Year 12 will follow the new OCR Biology A specification, which has some major difference to the previous course:
 
There is no longer any controlled assessment tasks.  The students will complete a number of set practical tasks as part of their normal lessons during the year in order to complete a practical log book, and they will be tested on these practical skills in their exams.
 
The AS exam will not count towards the final A level grade: it is classed as a totally separate award.  The A Level grade is based purely on the exams completed at the end of Year 13.
 
http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-biology-a-h020-h420-from-2015/
 
Students are expected to achieve at least a GRADE 'D' at AS to continue to A2.
 
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Progress tests are given at the end of each part of every module; these are used for the regular progress checks.  Mock exams are given in late January.
 
COURSE OUTLINE FOR NEW BIOLOGY AS/A LEVEL:
 
YEAR 12
 
MODULE 1: Development of practical skills in Biology
Progress tests for each topic, a mock exam in January and real exam in May/June.  These skills are combined in the other modules.  There is no practical endorsement separate from the AS grade.
 
MODULE 2: Foundations in Biology
Progress tests for each topic and a real exam in May/June.
 
MODULE 3: Exchange and Transport
Progress tests for each topic and a real exam in May/June.
 
MODULE 4: Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease
Progress tests for each topic and a real exam in May/June.
 
YEAR 13
MODULE 5: Communication, Homeostasis and Energy
Progress tests for each topic, a mock exam in January and a real exam in May/June.
 
MODULE 6: Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems
Progress tests for each topic and a real exam in May/June.
 
PRACTICAL ENDORSEMENT
A separate additional Pass/Fail is recorded for student's practical work from their logbook.
                                                                                                       
                                                                                                             
YEAR 13 FIELD TRIP
   
Biology AS A Biology Field Trip pic1 Biology AS A Biology Field Trip pic 2