Difference between ocr a and ocr b

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what is the difference between OCR A and OCR B?
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What subject?
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What subject?
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OCR A tends to focus on a more academic and theoretical side of the sciences.
OCR B tends to focus on a more technical and vocational route, how science relates to the real world and how we use it in industry.

TL;DR
OCR A - Academic and theoretical (more suited for university)
OCR B - Science in context (applied science)
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OCR A tends to focus on a more academic and theoretical side of the sciences.
OCR B tends to focus on a more technical and vocational route, how science relates to the real world and how we use it in industry.

TL;DR
OCR A - Academic and theoretical (more suited for university)
OCR B - Science in context (applied science)
which is more respected? like for an academic student with the ability to do the more challenging which woud that be? (if im correct its 2 different syllabuses one can choose from?)
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For an academic student aspiring to go to university, OCR A.

Either way it doesn't really matter. However, OCR A will prepare you better to build upon the theory when you're at university and make things a smoother ride.

OCR B is more tailored for those wanting to go straight into industry upon completing their A-Levels. They are both challenging in their own right, but it depends on your career route.
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which is more respected? like for an academic student with the ability to do the more challenging which woud that be? (if im correct its 2 different syllabuses one can choose from?)
Which specification did you follow/are following at GCSE?

Exam board?
Combined or separate science?

If AQA combined, are you doing trilogy or synergy?
If OCR combined, are you doing 21st century science?
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Which specification did you follow/are following at GCSE?

Exam board?
Combined or separate science?

If AQA combined, are you doing trilogy or synergy?
If OCR combined, are you doing 21st century science?
I took all my GCSEs this year under AQA i did sciences bio phys and chem triple higher no i didnt do synenergy idk even what it is lol
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I took all my GCSEs this year under AQA i did sciences bio phys and chem triple higher no i didnt do synenergy idk even what it is lol
Alright, if you did separate sciences and you have the choice of spec A or B, as a teacher, I’d recommend OCR A.

Trilogy is a trimmed down version of physics, chemistry and biology combined into 2 GCSEs.

Synergy is trimmed down the same but is more tailored to science in context of everyday life rather than the theory of science (which would lead into OCR B).
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OCR A tends to focus on a more academic and theoretical side of the sciences.
OCR B tends to focus on a more technical and vocational route, how science relates to the real world and how we use it in industry.

TL;DR
OCR A - Academic and theoretical (more suited for university)
OCR B - Science in context (applied science)
I don’t suppose you happen to know the differences between Literature A-Level A + B for AQA? 🤔
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I don’t suppose you happen to know the differences between Literature A-Level A + B for AQA? 🤔
Sorry, no idea as I’m a science teacher 😕

My guess would be different contexts for literature rather than academic routes. For example, looking at themes of love, tragedy and comedy in Shakespearean texts. Things written at different eras.
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Alright, if you did separate sciences and you have the choice of spec A or B, as a teacher, I’d recommend OCR A.

Trilogy is a trimmed down version of physics, chemistry and biology combined into 2 GCSEs.

Synergy is trimmed down the same but is more tailored to science in context of everyday life rather than the theory of science (which would lead into OCR B).
thanks alot.. so if i understood correctly OCR A is the more challenging of the 2? and does the same apply for all the sciences and other OCR Alevels?
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thanks alot.. so if i understood correctly OCR A is the more challenging of the 2? and does the same apply for all the sciences and other OCR Alevels?
It would be the course that pushes and challenges you the most, yes.

Not necessarily. Some courses that have 2 specifications just follow different themes (such as literature), and maths just focuses on different aspects of maths.
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It would be the course that pushes and challenges you the most, yes.

Not necessarily. Some courses that have 2 specifications just follow different themes (such as literature), and maths just focuses on different aspects of maths.
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