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Dissection For OCR A-Level Biology

Hi, I'm struggling to find the specification and choices for OCR A-Level biology, so I thought I'd ask here. Is dissection of a dead animal required, or can I dissect a plant instead? You can think me silly if you want but I despise animal dissection, so I just wanted to check. Thanks for any replies.
Original post by {Moss}
Hi, I'm struggling to find the specification and choices for OCR A-Level biology, so I thought I'd ask here. Is dissection of a dead animal required, or can I dissect a plant instead? You can think me silly if you want but I despise animal dissection, so I just wanted to check. Thanks for any replies.


https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce/biology-a-h020-h420-from-2015/planning-and-teaching/

look under the practical activities tab on this link
Reply 2

Hi, thanks for the link but I can't actually see if there are any alternatives to the dissection. It only states them without saying, I'm not sure whether OCR don't offer any alternatives or if they don't say there?
Hi,I’m doing OCR A level biology, and we have done a lamb heart dissection and fish gills, both of which we had the choice of just watching if we didn’t want to interact. My class also did a rat dissection (🤢) which wasn’t a required PAG so I skipped that one!! I think if you are able to ‘observe’ then that would be the best option, otherwise you risk not getting ticked off for certain practicals (I don’t actually know what the consequences of this are though!) For the animal dissections we have done, I don’t think there would be a ‘plant’ alternative I.e looking at respiration, but my college were very accommodating with supplying different animal organs for religious reasons etc. Hope this helps :smile:
hi, i did ocr biology last year and we dissected a sheep's heart and a dead locust :smile:
Reply 5
Thanks to both of you who just replied! Really appreciate it, thanks for the first hand info :smile:

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