Biology A Level OCR/A New Specification 

Length of course: 5 full-day sessions
Boards: OCR/A H420 only

This course is board-specific for the NEW OCR/A specification (H420).

This course is for A level students only.

This course is not suitable for AS level students studying Biology AS OCR/A New Specification
(H020).

This course is not suitable for students re-sitting units from the outgoing Biology A2 OCR (H421)
specification.

There will be exam practice throughout the course and suggestions for effective ways to tackle
examination questions.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Cell structure
  • Biological molecules
  • Nucleotides and nucleic acids
  • Enzymes
  • Biological membranes
  • Cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation
  • Exchange surfaces
  • Transport in animals
  • Transport in plants
  • Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system
  • Biodiversity
  • Classification and evolution
  • Communication and homeostasis
  • Excretion as an example of homeostatic control
  • Neuronal communication
  • Hormonal communication
  • Plant and animal responses
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Cellular control
  • Patterns of inheritance
  • Manipulating genomes
  • Cloning and biotechnology
  • Ecosystems
  • Populations and sustainability

Where appropriate, help will also be provided for practical skills assessed in a written examination.