Grace Academy offers students the opportunity to study the OCR Biology A specification at KS5. This is a two-year course after which pupils will gain a full GCE A level qualification, suitable for pursuing a career in science or the study of biology through higher education.

About The Course

Course Introduction

2 Year A-Level Course

Award Body


Course Suitable For

Students who wish to continue to study biology or other sciences at a higher level.

Preferable Entry Requirements

Grades  in accordance with the 6th form entry requirements. (See Information & Course Guide)  Plus GCSE Grade 6 Science and Maths.

Why Study?

A-Level Biology is a highly desired and respected qualification that develops a candidate’s skill in a variety of areas coveted by employers. As well as broadening their understanding of the world around us, candidates will develop real practical skills which can be applied to a variety of hands on jobs. Studying Biology at KS5 allows an opportunity to stretch your learning from GCSE Science, and to develop an array of sought after transferrable skills. These skills can be applied to securing higher education prospects or a variety of hands on vocations.

Progression Opportunities

Biology A-Level is a highly respected academic A-Level that can lead to further study at the best universities in the country. Careers which involve Biology skills include; pharmacology, forensic science, genetic engineering, medicine, education, biochemistry, agriculture, nurse, midwife and cell biologist to name a few.

Why Grace Academy?

Grace Academy has been delivering OCR A-level courses for a number of years and have dedicated and experienced specialist teachers for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This specialist knowledge is effectively shared with KS5 pupils to support their learning and progress, allowing all students to access challenging scientific content.


Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Biology.

Module 2 – Foundations of Biology.

Module 3 – Exchange and transport.

Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease.

Module 5 – Communications, homeostasis and energy.

Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems.

Assessment Methods

A-Level course comprises of three units of assessments based on the 6 modules covered throughout the course. These external assessments will take place at the end of the two year course. In addition to these assessments, students will also complete a minimum of 12 practical assessments based on a pass/fail system throughout the second year.

Support Provided

Our Teaching and Learning Strategy is at the core of our approach to our students and their learning. We aim to provide a learning community where students achieve excellence and where achievement is celebrated. We want you to enjoy your time at the academy and to be successful.

You will need to monitor your own progress, we want you to become self-critical and to think about how you can improve.

We will expect you to work hard and productively. Being present in the academy for as long as it is necessary for you to meet your targets and succeed in your learning.

Course Application

Contact the Post 16 Manager on 0121 329 4630 or email on juliebaker@graceacademy.org.uk Register your interest in your chosen courses and an application form will be sent out to you. All applicants are interviewed and conditional offers are made subject suitability of course.

Please note all courses on offer are subject to the minimum uptake for viability.