OCR A Level Biology (2021 version)

Full Time

About the Course

Biology is the study of living things. The course is divided into topics, each containing key concepts in Biology and their applications. Students will learn practical skills and undertake set investigations.

The course includes six modules as follows:

Module 1: Practical skills

Module 2: Foundations in Biology

Module 3: Exchange and transport

Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease

Module 5: Communication, homeostasis and energy

Module 6: Genetics and ecosystems.

You will study the course for 4.5 -5 (first year is 4.5 hours and second year is 5) hours per week and should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (In Feb/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including grade 6/B in Biology or Additional Science or grades 66 in Combined Science. English and Maths at grade 5/C are also required. Students are encouraged to take a Level 3 Maths course to support their Biology.

Where next?

Biology is a scientific subject, which will allow you to acquire practical and analytical skills useful for many careers. It combines well with other science subjects for degree courses and careers in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, veterinary science, marine biology, environmental science, food and other sciences and many other sciences.

Work Experience and Employability

This course does not contain a specific work experience component, but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies, our Employability Team can help.

What additional resources will I need?

You will be expected to supply your own stationery and you may want to purchase a textbook. You may also be asked to contribute to any courses and visits in which you take part.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


For queries about the course, please contact the course leader: luke.sinnick@newcollege.ac.uk

For general enquiries, please contact enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk