Biology A level re-sit

Biology A level re-sit

The principal objective of this course is to enable you to improve on your Biology grade from the summer and to help you achieve the grade you need for your chosen University course or career. This course is available to students who took Biology A level in June 2017 through any of the accredited examination boards (OCR, Edexcel, AQA, CIE, WJEC). You will follow the specification for OCR Syllabus A. Consideration will be given to covering the specific parts of the syllabus not covered by other exam boards.  Syllabus link (please copy and paste into your browser):  You will be given a handbook at the start of the course which will cover the detailed specification, mathematical skills, practical skills and examples of each of the exam papers on the OCR syllabus.    Practical skills knowledge is very important as 25% of the total questions in the exams will be based on practical work.  This will cover planning, implementation, analysis and evaluation and is common to all exam boards.  You will be asked to provide a list of practicals you carried out during your Biology A level studies prior to starting the course so that your level of practical knowledge and experience can be used in the planning of the lessons.  The lessons will be largely theory-based with emphasis on exam skills and application of knowledge.  Please note that the grade you receive on this course will be your final grade even if this is lower than your original.  It is assumed that you have achieved the practical endorsement component of the A level.  This is transferrable across exam boards.

Learning Outcomes

Each session will cover a different topic from the syllabus.  You will be expected to read the relevant chapters in the book prior to the session and you will be provided with a work booklet for each lesson which will include summary notes, practice questions and activities to consolidate your understanding.  The aim is to direct the lessons as much as possible to what you are finding challenging.  This is the plan for the year: 31/10/2017    Cell structure and microscopes Cell division and specialisation (2.1.1,  2.1.6)  07/11/2017    Biological Molecules:  Water, Ions, Carbohydrates, Lipid,  Membranes and Transport   (2.1.2, 2.1.5) 14/11/2017    Biological Molecules: Proteins, Enzymes            (2.1.2,  2.1.4)                                                           21/11/2017    Nucleic Acids,  Cellular Control  (2.1.3,  6.1.1) 28/11/2017   Gas Exchange  (3.1.1) 05/12/2017   Transport in Animals  (3.1.2) 12/12/2017    Transport in Plants  (3.1.3) 19/12/2017   Homeostasis and Hormones   (5.1.1,  5.1.4)  CHRISTMAS BREAK  09/01/2018    Excretion:  Liver and Kidney  (5.1.2)  16/01/2018    Nervous system and muscles  (5.1.3,  5.1.5)  23/01/2018    Plant responses, plant pathogens             (5.1.5,  4.1.1)  30/01/2018    Stats tests and practical questions  (1.1)  06/02/2018    Photosynthesis  (5.2.1) FEBRUARY HALF TERM  20/02/2018    Respiration   (5.2.2)  27/02/2018   Mock exam – Processes (2.15 hr)  06/03/2018    Go through Exam, Disease and immunity  (4.1.1)  13/03/2018    Patterns of Inheritance  (6.1.2)  20/03/2018    Classification and Evolution  (4.2.2,  6.1.2)  27/03/2018    Ecosystems, conservation, biodiversity   (4.2.1,  6.3.1, 6.3.2)  EASTER BREAK  17/04/2018    Ecosystems, conservation, biodiversity   (4.2.1,  6.3.1, 6.3.2)  24/04/2018    Manipulating genomes  (6.1.3)  01/05/2018    Cloning and Biotechnology            (6.2.1)  08/05/2018   Mock Exam – Diversity (2.15 hrs)  15/05/2018    Go through exam, Mock Exam – Unified (1.30 hr)  22/05/2018    Go through exam / Further revision   Where the sessions cover less material, the remaining time will be used to answer specific student questions and practise exam-style questions, in particular those that involve practical skills.    You will need to purchase the following books for the course:   OCR A level Biology Student book 1 and OCR A Level Biology Student book 2' by Adrian Schmit, Richard Fosbery, Jenny Wakefield-Warren, published by Hodder Education   Please note: there will be a charge of £25 (included in the total cost of £775) for photocopied material, including the work booklets provided at the start of each lesson.  The Student Handbook will provide a list of other books and revision guides written specifically for the course which you may find helpful to your studies. You will have access to the resources on the Hills Road ˜SharePoint site which will provide you with material to support your Biology A level course.  

Your Tutor

Arusha Javadi has a BSc in Biochemistry, a PhD in Molecular Biology and a PGCE in Biology. She has been teaching Biology A-level in sixth form colleges since 1995 and has a great passion for helping Biology A-level students achieve the grade they need for higher education and future careers. She has taught the specification of all major examining boards and has an excellent knowledge of the OCR Syllabus A which will be covered on this course. 


Tuition fees: £775.00
Materials Costs: £25.00
Total Cost: £800.00


No. of sessions: 25

Day Date Times
Tue 31/10/2017 18:30-21:00
Tue 07/11/2017 18:30-21:00
Tue 14/11/2017 18:30-21:00
Tue 21/11/2017 18:30-21:00
Tue 28/11/2017 18:30-21:00
Tue 05/12/2017 18:30-21:00
Tue 12/12/2017 18:30-21:00
Tue 19/12/2017 18:30-21:00
Tue 09/01/2018 18:30-21:00
Tue 16/01/2018 18:30-21:00
Tue 23/01/2018 18:30-21:00
Tue 30/01/2018 18:30-21:00
Tue 06/02/2018 18:30-21:00
Tue 20/02/2018 18:30-21:00
Tue 27/02/2018 18:30-21:00
Tue 06/03/2018 18:30-21:00
Tue 13/03/2018 18:30-21:00
Tue 27/03/2018 18:30-21:00
Tue 17/04/2018 18:30-21:00
Tue 24/04/2018 18:30-21:00
Tue 01/05/2018 18:30-21:00
Tue 08/05/2018 18:30-21:00
Tue 15/05/2018 18:30-21:00
Tue 22/05/2018 18:30-21:00
Tue 29/05/2018 18:30-21:00

Your next step

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Please note full refunds can only be made if a class is cancelled or closed at the discretion of the College, or if you cancel your enrolment no less than two weeks before the course starts.