Bishop Challoner Science department is constantly evolving. We are dedicated to improving the educational opportunities for our pupils through stimulating lessons and practical opportunities. We are fortunate to have highly qualified specialist teachers in all three sciences including teachers with vocational experience of science.

Throughout the course information is collected by experimentation and underlying principles are explored and developed.

Exam board: OCR

The following web address will allow you to access materials such as past papers which will be invaluable for exam preparation.

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-biology-h021-h421/

A copy of the specification can be found from the following link.

http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/81028-specification.pdf

What will I learn?

Areas studied over the two years include:

  • Cells
  • Exchange and transport
  • Biological molecules
  • Food and health
  • Biodiversity and evolution
  • Communication and homeostasis
  • Excretion
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Cellular control
  • Biotechnology and gene technologies
  • Ecosystems and sustainability
  • Responding to the environment

At Bishop Challoner Catholic College we have excellent laboratory facilities allowing the development of good practical skills by the pupils.

How will I be assessed?

Year 12 (AS Biology)

Unit Module Assessment method and weighting
F211 Cells, Exchange and Transport 1 hour
AS - 30%
A Level - 15%
F212 Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health 1 hour and 45 minutes
AS - 50%
A Level - 25%
F213 Practical Skills in Biology Internal Assessment AS - 20%
A Level - 10%

Year 13 (A2 Biology)

Unit Module Assessment method and weighting
F214 Communication, Homeostasis and Energy 1 hour
A Level - 15%
F215 Control , Genomes and the Environment 1 hour and 45 minutes
A Level - 25%
F216 Practical Skills in Biology Internal Assessment AS - 20%
A Level - 10%

Biology syllabus