Biology KS5 Curriculum

KS5 Course Intro:

A level Biology is a highly practical course that builds on GCSE Science to develop an interest in and enthusiasm for biology, including developing an interest in further study and careers in biology; Students are encouraged to learn how to appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society;

The units aim to develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of biology and how they relate to each other.

The course consists of 6 mandatory units 3 in Year 12 and 3 in Year 13 units can be sat in January and June,


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


Cells, Exchange and Transport


Students learn about the structure of cells and their functioning, Including how cells are observed and how cells are organised into tissues and into organisms

Exchange and Transport

Students learn the importance of a transport system in animals and plants

Students will learn the structure and functioning of the mammalian transport system

Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health

Biological Molecules

Students learn the structure and functions of biological molecules proteins, carbohydrates fats and water


Students learn about the structure properties and functioning of enzymes

Biodiversity and Classification

Students learn about the animals and plants that live in the world and how they are classified and named


Practical Skills in Biology 1

Students complete a practical activity set by OCR and assessed by the teacher, the activity covers planning obtaining and analysing results and finally evaluating the procedure.


Variation, Adaptation and Evolution

Students learn about how organisms are adapted to the ie environment, and how organisms have evolved..

Human Interactions

Students will learn how humans effect the environment

Students prepare for module tests in

Module test is sat in June


Communications, Homeostasis and Energy


Students learn how changes in the internal environment of humans are communicated and responded to maintain a constant internal environment.

Nerves and Hormones

The communication of messages around the human body is studied by hormones and nerves,


Students learn how waste products are excreted from the human body.

Photosynthesis and Respiration

Students learn how plants make their food by photosynthesis including the biochemistry, and how living organisms release energy in the form of ATP by respiration.

Control, Genomes and Environment

Cellular Control

Students learn how cells are controlled so that they function and divide correctly. They also learn what happens when the control goes wrong (e.g. cancer)


Biotechnology is important in the production of food and medicines, Student learn about the processes and theory involved in the production of some foods e.g. yoghurt beer and wine and medicines such as insulin

Practical Skills in Biology 2

Students complete a practical activity set by OCR and assessed by the teacher, the activity covers planning obtaining and analysing results and finally evaluating the procedure

Responding to the Environment

Organisms respond to changes in the environment e.g. seasons, and weather students learn about how organisms respond to their environment, and how they are adapted to respond to the changes in their environment.

Ecosystems and Sustainability

The environment needs to be sustained, students learn about the effect humans are having on the environment and the ways that we are trying to sustain the environment. The Galapagos, is one of the environments considered.

Module tests are sat in June

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