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Biology (Applied) - BTEC at Bristol Brunel Academy

Course description

The science industry in the UK is currently expanding and there is a huge demand for individuals who have scientific knowledge and practical skills to work in laboratory research or industrial science settings.

Course content

Year 1

Unit 1: Fundamentals of Science.
Unit 2: Working in the Science Industry.
Unit 4: Scientific Practical Techniques.
Students complete the above mandatory units which cover concepts such as energy, chemical reactions and the structure and role of cells. We also look at aspects of working in the science industry and key practical techniques.

Year 2

Unit 11: Physiology of Human Body Systems. 
Unit 13: Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques. 
Unit 15: Microbiological Techniques. 
There are specialist units in biology, covering topics such as microbiology, physiology and biochemistry. These topics allow the development of the maths skills needed to be a proficient scientific researcher.


Entry requirements

Science grade B or BTEC Merit or above C grade in English

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 BTECs all students must attain a minimum vocational standard of passes for successful progression.

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.


Teacher marked and externally moderated.

Future opportunities


University; higher BTEC courses.


Biomedical sciences; nursing; microbiology; physiotherapy.


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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