Following teacher feedback we have made minor amendments to the specification, and updated resources have been produced, to add clarity and support to the mathematical aspects of AS and A Level Biology A.
We have amended the Biology A specifications to include information about which formulae students will need to be able to recall and which will be provided, where needed, in exams. This information can now be found in the introduction to the Maths appendix 5d. The guidance was previously provided in the mathematical skills handbook.
At the same time we have reviewed the list of formulae. Please note - no new formulae have been added. However, students are no longer required to recall the formulae for the surface area and volume of cylinders and spheres. These formulae will be provided where needed.
The same changes are currently being made to the Biology B specifications and the mathematical skills handbook. We will let you know when the updates are published.
As additional support for teachers and students, we have produced and published a set of resources covering all 28 required mathematical skills. These resources can be used as individual online documents suitable for student self-study or can be downloaded for teachers to provide to students as they wish.
We hope you find these clarifications and additional support resources helpful. If you have any queries about this notice, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 01223 553998 or email scienceGCE@ocr.org.uk.