Biology is central to dealing with the most important issues facing the world today, including environmental problems, health and disease, food production and the benefits and hazards of new genetic technologies. It enables individuals to know and understand more about living organisms and the workings of the body.

The aim of the course is to allow students to develop their interest in and enthusiasm for biology, including developing an interest in further study and careers in biology. This will include gaining essential knowledge and an understanding of different areas of Biology and how they relate to each other.
Students on the course will be able to appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society. Whilst at the same time, through practical exercises and the study of past key experiments, students will develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works.

Specific requirements

  • A minimum of five GCSEs (with two at grade 6, and three at grade 4) including at least two 6s in Science.
  • English GCSE grades should be a minimum of a grade 6.
  • Maths GCSE grades should be a minimum of a grade 4.
    • Please click here to see grades conversions in line with the new grading system.

What will I study?

Awarding Body:

  • OCR


  • Examination - 100%

Course Content:

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Biology
    • Planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation.
    • Practical skills will be assessed in a written examination and through a practical endorsement.
  • Module 2 – Foundations in Biology
    • Cell Structure
    • Biological molecules
    • Nucleotides and nucleic acids
    • Enzymes
    • Biological membranes
    • Cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation
  • Module 3 – Exchange and transport
    • Exchange surfaces
    • Transport in Animals
    • Transport in Plants
  • Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease
    • Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system
    • Biodiversity
    • Classification and evolution
  • Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy.
    • Communication and homeostasis
    • Excretion
    • Nerves
    • Hormones
    • Plant and animal responses
    • Photosynthesis
    • Respiration
  • Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems
    • Cellular control
    • Inheritance
    • Genes
    • Cloning and biotechnology
    • Ecosystems
    • Populations and sustainability

Where does it lead?

Biology, especially if studied alongside Chemistry, opens the door to a very wide range of degree courses and careers. These range from work in the healthcare sector to specialised Biology degrees including Biotechnology, Microbiology, Genetics, Botany and Zoology. Biology at A-Level is an essential or useful qualification for many degree courses such as Medicine, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Pharmacy, Optometry, Sports Science, Veterinary Science and Biochemistry.


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“I studied Biology with Chemistry and English Language at Cadbury College, achieving AAC. I am now studying a degree in Neuroscience at the University of Leeds.”

Tyra Haywood