Lincoln Minster School

A-Level Biology

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78% A-B (2023)

Studying biology gives you the opportunity to understand the living world. It lets you understand the processes that control living organisms and gives you insights into the nature of life on earth. In addition, biology is a rigorous scientific discipline and it will give you a real understanding of the nature of science; how we use scientific method to begin to understand the world around us. Lessons in biology will also give you an opportunity to discuss real world issues with ethical, moral and social dimensions based on a solid understanding of the science that underpins these topics. Studying biology will give you the information that you need whether you choose to follow a career in science or not. It will help you to develop an independent approach to your studies and will help to develop communication, practical and presentation skills.

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Course Content and Methodology

At LMS we study the OCR course leading to A2 qualifications. The course bridges the gap between GCSE and A-Level standard of thinking and problem solving. Students in Year 12 study two module areas. These extend upon some topics studied at GCSE such as cell structure and biological molecules; and introduce new areas such as the biology of nucleotides and nucleic acids. Year 13 builds on the Year 12 topic areas and develops a more extensive understanding of biochemistry, biodiversity and disease but also introduces fields at the forefront of biological research in Genetics, Cellular Control and Manipulating Genomes. Students will be taught by two Biology teachers, who share the teaching of the course.

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Exam Board: OCR GCE A-Level Biology A H420

Assessment Assessment is by three units taken at the end of Year 13 with a practical endorsement reported separately to the student’s grade. Practical skills are practised through the course and are formally assessed by the teachers using tasks outlined in the specification.

Component 1: Biological Processes - 2h 15 mins written paper (100 marks – 37%)

Component 2: Biological Diversity - 2h 15 mins written paper (100 marks – 37%)

Component 3: Unified Biology - 1h 30 mins written paper (70 marks – 26%)

Component 4: Practical Endorsement - Non examined and reported separately

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Meet Our Alumni

Our students go on to many exciting destinations all over the world and work in a wide range of careers. Our alumni includes Netflix actors, olympians, racecar drivers, musicians, business leaders and much more. 

Course Requirements

Students must have studied dual award or separate sciences at GCSE Higher Tier and whilst students can complete the course with grade 6, students are more likely to have successful A-Level outcomes if they have achieved grade 7 or above.

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Aspire Programme

The Aspire Programme is dedicated to providing exciting and challenging academic opportunities for our students.
These opportunities will be focused on extending knowledge and understanding, providing stimulating and demanding academic challenges, and, ultimately, inspiring students to apply for the most competitive courses at the most prestigious institutions. 


Our Sixth Form students have access to their own Common Room, Resources Centre and Silent Study Suite, where they socialise and relax, find books or speak to our Careers team, and complete their studies in peace (respectively).

As part of their studies, students may also have access to the dedicated art, photography and graphic design studio, purpose-built Recital Hall for musical performances, fully-equipped drama studio as well as indoor and outdoor sporting facilities.