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Biology A-Level at Bristol Brunel Academy

Course description

Why is life on Earth so varied? How do our bodies build themselves? How do the principles of Chemistry and Physics shape animal and plant existence? Biology has the answers...

Course content

  • Unit 1: Cells, Exchange and Transport. (cell structure and function, breathing, transport). 
  • Unit 2: Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health. (biological molecules, DNA, enzymes, diet, disease, biodiversity, evolution). 
  • Unit 3: Practical Skills. (practical tasks, internally assessed). 
  • Unit 4: Communication, Homeostasis and Energy. (respiration, photosynthesis, excretion, nerves and hormones). 
  • Unit 5: Control, Genomes and Environment. (animal responses, animal behaviour, cloning, biotechnology, gene technology, ecology, cellular control). 
  • Unit 6: Practical Skills.

Entry requirements

B grades at Core and Additional science or B grades in two separate sciences (including the science selected to study).

Minimum Academic Standard for Progression into Y13

Entry into Y13 is not automatic in CLF Post 16.

The majority of students will continue into Y13 dependent on the entry criteria for courses as outlined below:

For A levels, all students must attain a minimum academic standard of passing all subjects with at least two D grades for successful progression in to Y13.

Supportive statements from subject teachers confirming suitability for continued study at A level. Following receipt of AS results, students who have met the entry requirements will be offered a place in Y13.

Students who do not meet the entry requirements into Y13 will be given guidance about a change of study programme and relevant courses available. They will not be allowed to re-sit the same core learning aims (i.e. subjects) as they did in Y12.


Previously external exams and practical internal exams.

Future opportunities


University courses including (but not limited to); biology; microbiology; medicine and nursing; veterinary sciences; marine biology; oceanography; biochemistry; environmental science; genetics; psychology; health and social care; physiotherapy; zoology.


Biology; genetics; physiology; pharmacy; physiotherapy; medicine; nutrition; occupational therapy, sports science; biomedical science; biochemistry; nursing; veterinary science; psychology; environmental science.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bristol Brunel Academy directly.

Last updated date: 29 April 2015

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