Biology

Biology at Abbotsholme is both an exciting and challenging course, it complements the study of Agriculture, Chemistry, Equestrian and Sport. We are able to provide valuable animal husbandry opportunities to those students wishing to pursue Veterinary Science. We deliver OCR Biology Syllabus A through a combination of high quality teaching, plenty of classroom practicals and when suitable outdoor learning experiences, taking advantage of our 140 acre site.


Why study Biology?

Biology is the study of life, from the single cell to the evolution and distribution of all living organisms – including you. You will begin to appreciate how the body works at a cellular level and how it copes with pressures like exams or disease.

You will discover how plants and animals respond to and interact with their surroundings, and examine the affects of environmental changes such as deforestation and climate on biodiversity and ecosystems around the world, and indeed what this means for all life on earth.

You will also need to consider ethical issues raised by advancements in science such as gene therapy and genetic engineering.

Where can biology take me?

By exploring the complexities and wonders of nature you will find a whole world of employment awaits you in fields such as medicine, genetics, biochemistry, ecology, environmental science, agriculture, forensics, law, botany, veterinary medicine, sports training and therapy.

Biology is a highly respected subject and is considered by the Russell Group Universities as an excellent foundation for many of the courses they offer. To achieve on this course it is highly recommended that you have solid foundations with very good GCSE scores in Science, Maths and English.

Over the course you will develop comprehensive recall and application skills.

What does the course cover?

The complete A Level is composed of six modules, assessment is by three written exams (two papers including a multiple choice element) at the end of the second year of study.

  • Module 1: Development of Practical Skills in Biology
  • Module 2: Foundations in Biology
  • Module 3: Exchange and Transport
  • Module 4: Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease
  • Module 5: Communication, Homeostasis and Energy
  • Module 6: Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems

Should you wish to cut your studies short you can complete as AS qualification at the end of year 1, this will provide a valuable introduction into Biology in addition to a maximum of 20 UCAS points.