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A Level Biology

  • LEVEL 3

Course Overview

What causes disease? What is a heart attack, or a genetic fingerprint? Is evolution scientific reality or ‘just a theory?’ Could you breed a bean plant that tastes of roast beef or chocolate, and if so, should you? How does your immune system work? Are all organisms related to each other, even humans? Will dementia ever be curable? These are some of the questions that you might encounter when studying Biology at A Level.

Studying the OCR Biology specification A enables students to develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to one another as well as an appreciation of scientific methods, practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills.

Course Code


End Date

Fri, 26 Jun 2026

Entry Requirements

Requires GCSEs in maths at grade 6 and combined science or biology at double grade 6, plus the standard entry requirements of an A Level or mixed progra...

Course information

You will study a variety of life processes including biochemistry, cell biology, evolution and biodiversity, immunity and disease, neurology, genetics, ecology and homeostasis. You will also study the vital processes that underpin all life respiration and photosynthesis. In addition, you will gain knowledge and understanding of the biochemical processes that underpin living systems.

2 Years

In class, face to face.

Two externally assessed papers of two hours and 15 minutes, and one of one hour and 30 minutes, all in the summer of the second year. There is also a compulsory practical endorsement carried out in lessons throughout the course to provide you with vital experimental and analytical skills.

Level 3 OCR GCE A Level in Biology A

During your two years of study you will undertake a work placement. You will also hear from a variety of industry speakers, visit careers’ fairs and attend workshops, trips and visits.

Most students will progress onto the A2 Biology programme.

Level 3

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