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Biology A Level at Bridgwater College

Course description

The A Level in Biology is particularly suitable for scientists who wish to progress to university to study medicine, biomedical sciences and veterinary sciences, or those who wish to work in the sports or caring professions. It can also be valuable for those with an aspirational interest in science, who just wish to study living things and the world around them at an advanced level.

Course content

Biology is by definition the study of living organisms and covers a range of topics under the broader headings of:

  • Cells, biological molecules, membranes
  • Transport in plants and animals
  • Classification, evolution biodiversity and disease
  • Communication, homeostasis and energy
  • Genetics, biotechnology and the environment

Biology is taught through lectures, demonstrations and practical work. Practical work ranges from microscopic examination of specimens to biochemical and physiological investigations and it supports the theory covered in each module. Emphasis is made of the social, ethical and applied aspects of Biology in relation to the theoretical background, in both national and international contexts. Students will also learn highly valued transferable skills favoured by employers including:

  • Problem solving,research and analysis
  • Aseptic technique, dissection and scientific drawing
  • Teamwork, data collection and presentation and clear communication skills
  • A knowledge and understanding of health and safety issues

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs in the A* – C range, including Maths and English at grade C or above and at least a C in Biology and another science.


Written examinations in June of each year.

Future opportunities

The majority of the Biology students progress to biological or biomedical courses. In the past students leaving this course have, for example, taken degrees in Medicine and Health Care, Veterinary Science, Marine Biology, biotechnology and biochemistry, often at Russell Group universities. After graduation, many have also moved into research and higher degree qualifications.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 February 2016

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