A Level Biology
Exam Board and Specification At New College, we study the OCR Biology A Specification. This can be accessed here (or here is the full web address if needed: https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-and-a-level/biology-a-h020-h420-from-2015
Preparation for first term – Cells
We usually start the academic year on the cells topic.
A good start would be to familiarise yourself fully with what you have covered at GCSE Science in relation to cells. It doesn’t really matter if you were studying AQA, OCR or another exam board at GCSE. Most content is similar. So, for example, this section on GCSE Biology on cells from AQA is good. Read through this section thoroughly and complete the self-assessed test at the end.
To help you progress to A Level standard content on cells, I highly recommend the following YouTube channels:
Bozeman Biology – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BDkfQgGXLY&list=PL7A750281106CD067
Crash Course Biology. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnQe0xW_JY4&list=PL3EED4C1D684D3ADF
Here are the specific links to relevant video tutorials connected to the cells topic:
Bozeman Biology – A Tour of the Cell – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z9pqST72is
Crash Course Biology – The City of Animals Cells – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z9pqST72is
Khan Academy – The Cell – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmwvj9X4GNY
Other useful sources
The revision website, Physics and Maths Tutor, also has lots of great material for other A Level subjects, including A Level Biology. Here you can find free summary notes and flash cards to the first topics we cover at A Level. https://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/biology-revision/a-level-ocr-a/module-2/
The publisher CGP also have produced a good guide book to help you get ahead. This is about £5 (hard copy) https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/secondary-books/as-and-a-level/science/biology/bbr71-head-start-to-a-level-biology
Alternatively, if you have an Amazon Kindle account, you can download it to a Kindle reader on a PC for free: https://www.amazon.co.uk/New-Head-Start–level-Biology-ebook/dp/B00VE2NIOI
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