|Exam Board||OCR BIOLOGY|
|Description||This is a linear course which will be assessed at the end of two years of study. The course is designed to;
|Module 1 – Development of Practical skills in Biology
Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation
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 as an example of homeostatic control, Neuronal communication, Hormonal communication, Plant and animal responses, Photosynthesis, Respiration.
Module 6 – Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems
Cellular control, Patterns of inheritance, Manipulating genomes, Cloning and biotechnology, Ecosystems, Populations and sustainability.
|Assessment||Students are assessed by end of term tests, independent work, practical work and homework.
· Paper 1 – Biological Processes covering modules 1, 2, 3 and 5. Multiple choice, structured questions and extended response. 2 ¼ hours. 37% weighting.
· Paper 2 – Biological Diversity covering modules 1, 2, 4 and 6. Multiple choice, structured questions and extended response. 2 ¼ hours. 37% weighting.
· Paper 3 – Unified Biology covering modules 1-6. Structured questions and extended response. 1 1/2 hours. 26% weighting.
Candidates complete a minimum of 12 practical activities to demonstrate practical competence with performance reported separately to the A Level grade