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"Biology occupies a position among the sciences at once marginal and central. Marginal because - the living world constituting but a tiny and very 'special' part of the universe - it does not seem likely that the study of living beings will ever uncover general laws applicable outside the biosphere. But if the ultimate aim of the whole of science is indeed, as i believe, to clarify man's relationship to the universe, then biology must be accorded a central position..."

                                                                                                   Jacques Monod, 1971

Specification: OCR A H420

The Course

The course content is split into six teaching modules:

  • 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.

Year 12

During Year 12, you will study modules 1, 2, 3 and 4

Year 13

During Year 13, you will study modules 1, 5 and 6


A level

Component 1: Biological Processes – 37%
(100 marks, 2 hour 15 minutes written paper)

Component 1 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5.

Component 2: Biological Diversity – 37%
(100 marks, 2 hour 15 minutes written paper)

Component 2 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6.

Component 3: Unified Biology – 26%
(70 marks, 1 hour 30 minutes written paper)

Component 3 assesses content from all modules.

Component 4: Practical Endorsement in Biology
(Non exam assessment)

The Practical Endorsement in Biology will be graded Pass or Fail. This will be reported separately. The Students will complete and keep record of assessed practical tasks throughout the two years.

For further details please contact Mrs Goswell

All current plans for sixth form programmes of study at Bishop Stopford School are provisional, dependent on student numbers and government policy.