Course Title: 

OCR Biology A (H420)



Entry Requirements:

Students will need to have obtained at least 5 Grade 5s or above, including English and Maths. Plus, subject specific criteria for each intended subject at A Level:


Biology - at least a grade 6 at GCSE.



Biology is an interesting, highly relevant subject that gives routes to careers in many growing fields, and gives a good scientific understanding of contemporary issues, the living world and the environment.

Studying A-level OCR Biology (A) at Sheffield Park Academy, you will cover the following in Year 1:

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Biology
  • Module 2 – Foundations in Biology
  • Module 3 – Exchange and transport
  • Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease

In Year 2 you will study:

  • Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy
  • Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

Sheffield Park Academy is an excellent place to study Biology. You will be taught by highly experienced staff, and regularly undertake practicals. You will take a demanding, content-led A-level course that gives an excellent basis for university applications. You will have a minimum of 5 hours teaching per week, with regular out of classroom work set. You will be assessed formally each half term and given bespoke feedback to help develop your academic understanding.

For further information please see the attached specifications and “STEPS” document, which outlines the content taught over each half-term.


Biology is a fully exam-assessed course. You will be tested on your understanding of biological processes, biological diversity and a synoptic unified assessment. Practical skills are a crucial element of studying Biology, and you will complete twelve assessed practicals throughout your course. These practicals will give a “practical endorsement” to your qualification.

What students say:

Essential when you apply to uni for top healthcare professions

A really interesting and detailed look into how living things function

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