Sir William Perkins's School Sixth Form Prospectus - Other - Page 19
Exam Board: OCR
- Ecology practical field trip Juniper
- British Biology Olympiad
Biology is the science of life. Biologists study the structure, function, growth, origin, evolution and distribution of living
organisms. This course aims to develop essential knowledge and understanding of these areas, coupled with competence
in scientific method, practical, mathematical and problem solving skills.
Biology is for students with an enquiring mind who wish to broaden and deepen their knowledge and who have a
fascination about living systems and the environment in which they live.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Year 1: Foundations in Biology: Cell structure, Biological molecules, Cell division. Exchange and Transport: Exchange
surfaces and breathing, transport in animals and plants. Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease: Including the application
Year 2: Communication, Homeostasis and Energy: Includes excretion, the hormonal and nervous system. Genetics
and Ecosystems: Includes patterns of inheritance, manipulating genomes and biotechnology. Practical Endorsement:
A series of core practicals which aim to develop competence in practical and investigative skills. These are carried out
at appropriate points throughout the course.
UNIVERSITY / CAREERS
Biology offers a pathway to many interesting careers, including medicine, microbiology, marine biology, veterinary
sciences, conservation, pharmacology, research, teaching and dentistry. As a strongly academic subject it also
commands respect from any university admissions tutor.
Grade 7 in Biology GCSE, or 7-7 in Double Award. Grade 7 in Mathematics GCSE (10% of the Biology A level
examination tests mathematical skills). Studying A Level Chemistry is desirable but not essential.
Paper 1 / Paper 2
Biological Processes / Biological Diversity.
Non-exam assessment of practical skills and
awarded as a separate certificate.