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OCR A Level Biology Fieldwork

"All current and new GCE Biology courses must cover Biodiversity and Ecosystems. Sampling techniques in fieldwork are also part of the new Practical Endorsement in Biology. OCR understands that these topics and activities can be covered in a school, however, for classroom teachers who may well be less experienced or confident in Ecology, FSC’s teachers offer brilliant support. Undertaking activities at places like FSC centres can give students an invaluable and stimulating experience of the subject."  Science Subject Specialist OCR

 

OCR A

Practical and Maths Skills Through Fieldwork3 day

This course contains content from both the ‘AS’ and ‘A’ OCR A Biology specifications and includes:

  • The coverage of Practical Activity Group 3.
  • Practical endorsement which includes opportunities to assess students across all 5 CPACs.
  • The opportunity to practice practical skills, apparatus and techniques.
  • The study of up to two contrasting ecosystems.
  • Coverage of ecological content from Spec A: 4.2.1/4.2.2 and 6.3.1/6.3.2.
  • Coverage of a wide range of maths and graphical skills covered including Index of Species Diversity and up to two different stats tests.

Practical and Maths Skills Through Fieldwork5 day

This course contains content from both the ‘AS’ and ‘A’ OCR A Biology specifications and includes:

  • An introductory session.
  • The coverage of Practical Activity Group 3 and two or three additional practical activities from Practical Activity Groups 6, 10, 11 and 12.
  • Practical endorsement which includes opportunities to assess students across all 5 CPACs with further opportunities to assess higher level competencies.
  • The opportunity to practice practical skills, apparatus and techniques and the chance to progressively develop and repeat skills and techniques.
  • The study of at least three different ecosystems.
  • Coverage of ecological content from Spec A: 4.2.1/4.2.2 and 6.3.1/6.3.2 with opportunities to make synoptic links to other units.
  • Coverage of a wide range of maths and graphical skills covered including Index of Species Diversity, Mark-Release-Recapture and up to three different stats tests.
  • Investigative skills.

OCR B

Practical and Maths Skills Through Fieldwork3 day

This course contains content from both the ‘AS’ and ‘A’ OCR B Biology specifications and includes:

  • The coverage of Practical Activity Group 3.
  • Practical endorsement which includes opportunities to assess students across all 5 CPACs.
  • The opportunity to practice practical skills, apparatus and techniques.
  • The study of up to two contrasting ecosystems.
  • Coverage of ecological content from Spec B: 3.1.3 and 4.3.1/4.3.2.