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AS Level (Level 3)
A Level (Level 3) plus Practical Endorsement
What does the course involve?
AS and A Level Year 1 for OCR Biology cover the same modules:
Module 1: Development of Practical Skills in Biology
Module 2: Foundations in Biology
Module 3: Exchange and Transport
Module 4: Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease
In Year 2 (A Level only), the Year 1 subjects are reviewed and further modules are studied:
Module 5: Communication, Homeostasis and Energy
Module 6: Genetics and Ecosystems
Five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C (grade 4) or above including Science and Mathematics (at grade 5 or above). There will also be an internal assessment to ensure that you are working at the appropriate level. Your individual circumstances can be discussed at your Pre-Entry Assessment.
You are taught in small groups; there is a mixture of discussion, group activities and written work, plus some active research and practical sessions. You will undertake lesson preparation tasks as well as homework and exam practice. There are unit tests at the end of each topic area. All course materials are available for easy access on our virtual learning environment.
The assessment consists of four components; three externally assessed exams and the practical endorsement, which is internally assessed and externally moderated.
The practical endorsement is reported separately from the overall grade issued for the A Level.
All students will be entered for the AS Level which consists of two exams at the end of Year 1.
A Level students will sit three exams at the end of their second year of study, these will cover all aspects of the two-year programme.
One to two years depending on the course. AS and A Level are separate qualifications but are taught alongside each other for the first year. This gives AS students the opportunity to switch to the full A Level if they are ready. The Practical Endorsement is assessed during lesson time and reported separately to the A Level examination. The investigations and practical work for the practical endorsement is spread over the 2 years.
Where will it take me?
You can go on to higher education, often studying Biology or other sciences. Employment in research, medical or veterinary pharmacology, ecology, biotechnology, forensic science.
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