We’re pleased to confirm that OCR’s new Biology AS/A Level (A specification) has been accredited by Ofqual for teaching in 2015.
For teachers familiar with our current popular specification, a lot of the content contained in the six modules of the new specification will remain the same. Modules 1 to 4 constitute the new stand-alone AS Level qualification; modules 1 to 6, combined with the Practical Endorsement, constitute the full A Level.
The six modules of the course cover some of the key concepts in biology ranging from the foundations of biology (cells, enzymes) to gaseous exchange (in animals, bony fish and insects), biodiversity, disease (including plant defences against pathogens), genetics, evolution and ecosystems. OCR has taken the opportunity of reform to improve the structure of the course so the content is ordered in a more logical way for teachers and learners alike, reflecting the new linear structure. The course is also designed to be taught in a flexible way so that the teaching of practical skills is integrated with theoretical topics and practical skills are assessed through written papers.
David Archer, Schools Liaison Officer, British Society for Cell Biology, commented:
‘We are delighted that OCR has included so many recent developments in cell and molecular biology in their new Biology A Level syllabus. The theory, practical experiments and back up resources will help students to develop investigative skills of the kind that are needed in leading edge research into diseases such as cancer.’
Take a look at OCR’s new specifications here:
Specification (Accredited) - A Level GCE Biology A - H420.
Specification (Accredited) - AS Level GCE Biology A - H020.