A Level Biology OCR Past Papers

AS and A Level Biology A Past Papers (New from 2015)

OCR A-Level Past Papers June 2022

OCR A-Level Past Papers November 2021

OCR A-Level Past Papers November 2020

OCR A-Level Past Papers June 2019

OCR A-Level Past Papers June 2018

OCR A-Level Past Papers June 2017

OCR A-Level Past Papers June 2016

Sample Assessment Materials

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AS and A Level Biology A Past Papers (Old Specification)

OCR A-Level Past Papers June 2016

OCR A-Level Past Papers June 2015

OCR A-Level Past Papers June 2014

OCR A-Level Past Papers June 2013

OCR A-Level Past Papers January 2013

AS and A Level Biology B Past Papers (New from 2015)

OCR A-Level Past Papers June 2022

OCR A-Level Past Papers November 2021

OCR A-Level Past Papers November 2020

OCR A-Level Past Papers June 2019

OCR A-Level Past Papers June 2018

OCR A-Level Past Papers June 2017

OCR A-Level Past Papers June 2016

Sample Assessment Materials

OCR A-Level Past Papers June 2012 (Old Specification)

OCR A-Level Past Papers January 2012 (Old Specification)

OCR A-Level Past Papers June 2011 (Old Specification)

OCR A-Level Past Papers January 2011 (Old Specification)

OCR A-Level Past Papers June 2010 (Old Specification)

OCR Biology – Spec at a glance

The OCR A level Biology specification is demanding with a wide breadth of content, data analysis and mathematical skills forming major parts of the course. The following outlines the topics and exam structure.

The OCR A level Biology course is made up of 6 modules:

1.Development of practical skills in biology

2.Foundations in biology

3.Exchange and transport

4.Biodiversity, evolution and disease

5.Communication, homeostasis and energy

6.Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

OCR A level Biology Exam Structure

Paper 1: Biological processes

  • 100 marks
  • 2 hours 15 mins
  • 37% of the course
  • Assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5

Paper 2: Biological diversity

  • 100 marks
  • 2 hours 15 mins
  • 37% of the qualification
  • Assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6

Paper 3: Unified biology

  • 70 marks
  • 1 hour 30 mins
  • 26% of the qualification
  • Assesses content from all modules (1 to 6)

Students must complete all practical components (01, 02, 03, and 04) to be awarded the OCR A Level in Biology A. These required practicals are then assessed in all three exam papers either directly or through application of knowledge.

Course content overview:

The 6 modules contain the following content:

Module 1: Development of practical skills in biology

  • Practical skills assessed in a written examination
  • Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement

Module 2: Foundations in biology

  • Cell structure
  • Biological molecules
  • Nucleotides and nucleic acids
  • Enzymes
  • Biological membranes
  • Cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation

Module 3: Exchange and transport

  • Exchange surfaces
  • Transport in animals
  • Transport in plants

Module 4: Biodiversity, evolution and disease

  • Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system
  • Biodiversity
  • Classification and evolution

Module 5: Communication, homeostasis and energy

  • Communication and homeostasis
  • Excretion as an example of homeostatic control
  • Neuronal communication
  • Hormonal communication
  • Plant and animal responses
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration

Module 6: Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

  • Cellular control
  • Patterns of inheritance
  • Manipulating genomes
  • Cloning and biotechnology
  • Ecosystems
  • Populations and sustainability

OCR Biology B Spec at a glance

The OCR A level Biology B specification is demanding with a wide breadth of content, data analysis and mathematical skills forming major parts of the course. Make sure that you have chosen the correct OCR specification as there are 2 specifications for OCR A level Biology. The following outlines the topics and exam structure.

The OCR A level Biology B course is made up of 5 modules:

  1. Development of practical skills in biology
  2. Cells, chemicals for life, transport and gas exchange
  3. Exchange and transport
  4. Energy, reproduction, and populations
  5. Genetics, control, and homeostasis

OCR A level Biology Exam Structure

Paper 1: Biological processes

  • 110 marks
  • 2 hours 15 mins
  • 41% of the course
  • Assesses content from modules 1-5.

Paper 2: Biological diversity

  • 60 marks
  • 1 hour 30 mins
  • 22% of the qualification
  • Assesses content from modules 1-5.

Paper 3: Unified biology

  • 70 marks
  • 1 hour 30 mins
  • 26% of the qualification
  • Assesses content from all modules 1-5.

Students must complete all practical components (01, 02, 03, and 04) to be awarded the OCR A Level in Biology B, advancing Biology. These required practicals are then assessed in all three exam papers either directly or through application of knowledge.

Course content overview:

The 5 modules contain the following content:

Module 1: Development of practical skills in biology

  • Practical skills assessed in a written examination
  • Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement

Module 2: Cells, chemicals for life, transport and gas exchange

  • Cells and microscopy
  • Water and its importance in plants and animals
  • Proteins and enzymes
  • Nucleic acids
  • The heart and monitoring heart function
  • Transport systems in mammals
  • Gas exchange in mammals and plants
  • Transport systems in plants

Module 3: Exchange and transport

  • The developing cell: cell division and cell differentiation
  • The developing individual: meiosis, growth, and development
  • The development of species: evolution and classification
  • Pathogenic microorganisms
  • The immune system
  • Controlling communicable diseases
  • The cellular basis of cancer and its treatment
  • Respiratory diseases and treatment

Module 4: Energy, reproduction, and populations

  • Cellular respiration
  • Metabolism and exercise
  • Fertility and assisted reproduction
  • The effects of ageing on the reproductive system
  • Photosynthesis, food production, and management of the environment
  • The impact of population increase
  • Plant reproduction

Module 5: Genetics, control, and homeostasis

  • Patterns of inheritance
  • Population genetics and epigenetics
  • Gene technologies
  • The nervous system and the identification and consequences of damage
  • Monitoring visual function
  • The effect of ageing on the nervous system
  • The principles and importance of homeostasis
  • The hormonal control of blood glucose and the management of diabetes
  • Kidney functions and malfunctions
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