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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Coordination Group Publications Ltd (CGP) (26 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847627900
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847627902
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.6 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hall TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 July 2013
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The A2-Level Biology Book for the OCR course requirements is a student-friendly textbook that takes the user through all of the topics within the OCR A2-Level course. Combined with the AS-Level Biology Book for OCR - the two books as a whole would provide all of the topics covered within the entire A-Level Biology course (OCR). However, on its own, this book covers just the A2-Level part (i.e. the latter half of the A-Level).

Before purchasing the book, you should ensure that you are buying the correct book for the A-Level exam board that you are partaking in (AQA / OCR / Edexcel / WJEC / CCEA). This book is purely aimed at the OCR course - however the topics on a whole are often similar (or the same) - but it would certainly be preferential to obtain the correct book for the exams you will be undertaking.

The book as a whole is very clearly sectioned out; starting with a handy 'How To Use This Book' introduction that details how the book's pages are laid out for ease of use. From here, each topic is broken down into sections (or categories) and then sub-sections, with 'Tips' boxes down the side of the pages, which you'll find often re-iterate a previously made point that is important.

In general the wording used is quite easy to understand, but given the level of study that the book is aimed at and indeed, the topic, the words are often quite complicated and detailed. All vocab is always explained clearly and concisely though, often highlighted for a second time in the tips section down the side.

A lot of the A-level biology is explaining how science works and there is a section at the front that clearly details how theories, evidence and testing works, and then this is all backed up and explained in more detail throughout the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Hardy VINE VOICE on 21 Sept. 2012
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I taught the previous OCR A-level specification, and the official core text was our recommended book, although we always used GCP's AS and A2 revision guides with the students in class. Although my school decided to move to AQA when the specifications changed, the new OCR A2 syllabus is not too dissimilar from the previous one, although it has been simplified (as have they all).

GCP's A2 Biology text compares well to the old Biology 2 sourcebook - it has lots of diagrams, tips and hints, and constantly refers students back to previous sections both in this book and to supporting AS topics. The writing style is, for the most part, simple and concise and clearly explains many areas students typically struggle with (except for the section on the Calvin cycle, whose poor wording is only rescued by the accompanying diagram). There are one or two figures that are incorrectly or ambiguously labelled, but these are few and far between.

One of my slight dislikes of the GCP revision guides were the dreadful jokes and puns, which I was never convinced entirely worked (given that many of them seemed to be rooted in 80s and 90s culture, and so weren't a familiar frame of reference for the people they were being aimed at), but thankfully they don't appear here. There are one or two jokes, which is no bad thing, and the style is friendly and accessible.

There are lots of practice questions included and, unlike some other A-level textbooks, the answers to every question are provided at the back of the book. The glossary is quite good, although there's always room for improvement with such things. The exam help section is also well put together, highlighting the most common and oft-repeated student errors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer VINE VOICE on 19 Sept. 2012
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Before you hit the purchase button check that this revision guide is for the syllabus you or your child will be following. This guide is for the OCR exam board.

This book starts each chapter with the learning objectives, gives clear explanations and tips and then loads of examples. There is a section on How Science Works for each subject, and plenty of exam tips. There are practice questions, with full answers at the back of the book. There are also exam-style questions, again with full answers and a mark scheme, a section on exam help and a full glossary.

I have bought many revision guides for my children throughout their education and have found the CGP series the ones they use the most. CGP produce excellent course books/revision guides. They are always well written and aimed very precisely at their target audience. They are clear, easy to use, and comprehensive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doccox VINE VOICE on 17 Oct. 2013
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A2 level Biology for OCR

It is now some 50 years since I took my O level biology on London Board GCE before proceeding to university and on into a career in Industrial Chemistry. At that time there weren't even the " revision notes" which became so popular - we made our own despite the fact that the syllabus( London) was not as clearly defined as currently and you had to buy past exam papers for practice - there were no " ideal answers" provided ( from my memory at least.)
I do not recollect any standard biology text of the time

I was curious to see what changes have occurred in Biology teaching since that time - given the massive advances in biology, biochemistry and genetics'

Fast forward some 50 years and in a book (like the corresponding ones for AS level Chemistry and AS level Biology for AQA - also by CGP) of some 290 odd pages is a very clear combined textbook / revision summary which also gives worked examples, typical exam questions (answers in the back but don't cheat - you don't learn that way) and even advice on exam technique for handling the current multichoice questions to maximise the marks obtained. Many Tips boxes are included which cross reference sections.

I have already viewed / reviewed the Book for the AQA syllabus from the same publishers. It is interesting to see where the various syllabi overlap.
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