A Level Biology will enhance your understanding and appreciation of living organisms, how they function and interact with one another. You will discuss and research issues in the news with a focus on genetics and biotechnology, plan experiments, collect data, analyse experimental results and make conclusions. You will learn how scientific models are developed, the applications and implications of science, benefits and risks and how society uses science to make decisions. There are plenty of experiments to support theory work.
A Level Biology is part of The Sciences Pathway, which also includes Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths (AS), Psychology and Physics. You will choose 4 AS Level subjects from this pathway in your first year, and then choose 3 subjects to study at A2 in your second year.
Qualification: GCE A Level
Level: Level 3
Timetable: This forms part of a full time programme of study of under 16 hours per week. You will receive your timetable when you enrol.
Start Date: September 2013Fees: For fee information please refer to The Sciences Pathway
Biology is the right choice if you:
If you need to know more to help you decide whether this is the course for you, you may like to visit the GCE Biology pages on the OCR website (www.ocr.org.uk). This also includes recommended texts for the course which you could look at.
You should have a minimum of 5 appropriate GCSEs at grades A*-C, including maths at grade B or higher and at least grade C in biology as a single subject or an A or A* in core or additional science. If you have have core and additional science at grade B, you will be asked to sit an entrance test in biology. We cannot accept core and additional science at grade C for entry to A Level Biology. A GCSE in your home or first language, other than English, cannot be counted as one of the 5 qualifying GCSEs.
AS Units OCR H021
A2 Units OCR H421
“I absolutely love Science, so the A Level Science Pathway was the perfect route for me. The laboratories here are unbelievable and the topics are really interesting, especially neurology which is fascinating. I hope to study for a PhD in Biology and know that West Thames College will help towards making that happen."