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Biology IB at Bridgwater College

Course description

Biology can be studied at Higher or Standard level. Biology at Higher level should be chosen by those students who enjoy this subject and would like to study  Biology in some depth.

It is particularly useful for those students who wish to study a science or health related discipline at university such as Biological Science, Biomedical Science, Biochemistry, Zoology, Medicine, Veterinary Science and Environmental Science. Biology at Standard level will be enjoyed by those students who have a general scientific interest who want to find out more about the human body or environmental issues.

Course content

Core subjects:

  • Cells
  • Chemistry of life
  • Genetics
  • Ecology and evolution
  • Human health and physiology
  • nucleic acids and proteins
  • Cell respiration and photosynthesis
  • Human reproduction
  • Defence against Infectious disease
  • Nerves, muscles and movement
  • Excretion
  • Plant science
  • Human nutrition and health (Standard)
  • Ecology and conservation (Standard and Higher)
  • Microbes and disease (Higher)

Entry requirements

Six GCSEs at grade C or above in a broad range of subjects including English and Mathematics. This should also include a grade A*, A or B in either Double Award Science or Biology in order to study for the Higher level.


Internal Assessment (24%)

Your practical skills and write ups will be assessed at fixed points during the two year course. We will be marking you on design, data collecting and processing, conclusion and evaluation and manipulative skills. The practical work will incorporate the use of ICT.

In the Group 4 Project you will collaborate with other scientists and will be marked on your personal skills of self motivation and perseverance, working within a team and self reflection.

External Assessment (76%)

You will be assessed at the end of the course by examinations as follows.

Future opportunities

At Higher level this course offers an excellent preparation for university study in biology, medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, biochemistry, biomedical science, zoology, marine biology, experimental psychology and environmental science. The study of biology at either level provides a wide range of career relevant skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bridgwater College directly.

Last updated date: 18 February 2016

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