Ages 11 - 18
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Ages 3 - 11
Welcome to A Level Biology at Kent College. The course is designed to be a natural continuation of GCSE/IGCSE Biology, with an emphasis on developing your subject knowledge and exploring modern applications within biology. If you have an interest in the study of living organisms and enjoy practical investigations in the laboratory or as fieldwork, you will find the content of the course both rewarding and demanding. In addition to classroom theory and practical lessons, there will be visits to relevant establishments and practical ecology excursions.
The minimum entry requirement for the course is grade A at GCSE/IGCSE Biology or grades AA at GCSE/IGCSE Double Award Science. Sound mathematical skills are also required, as is a working knowledge of Chemistry and Physics.
The content of the OCR (A) Specification is divided into six modules that are further divided into key biological topics.
Teaching of practical skills is an integral part of the course and students will be required to develop their skills (planning, implementation, analysis and evaluation) in preparation for the written examinations. Coursework no longer exists and has been replaced with Practical Endorsement for biology. Throughout the two year course, student’s practical competence (use of particular apparatus and techniques) will be recorded and assessed internally, by staff at Kent College.
At the end of the two year course (in the June series) students will take three mandatory external examinations, covering each of the six units.