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Biology A Level at Bristol Free School

Course description

Biologists are scientists who study the natural world and all the living things in it, from the largest mammals down to our very own microscopic DNA. They try to understand how animals and organisms work, how we evolved and the things that can make us sick or improve our health.

Biologists use this knowledge to do things like try to stop the spread of disease, track down natural resources, improve public health, animal care and conservation and work out the true impacts of things like pollution.

Biology helps you to build up research, problem-solving, organisation and analytical skills.

Course content

Content is split into six teaching modules:
Module 1 Development of practical skills in biology
Module 2 Foundations in biology
Module 3 Exchange and transport
Module 4 Biodiversity, evolution and disease
Module 5 Communication, homeostasis and energy
Module 6 Genetics, evolution and ecosystems.

Entry requirements

Must include a B grade or above in either Biology or Science / Additional Science and Maths.


Assessment Overview:
- Biological processes (01) - 2 hours 15 minutes written paper (37% of total A level)
- Biological diversity (02) - 2 hours 15 minutes written a paper (37% of total A level)
- Unified biology (03)- 1 hour 30 minutes written a paper (26% of total A level)
- Practical endorsement in biology (04) - Non-exam assessment - Reported separately.

Future opportunities

Biology is a key subject for lots of STEM careers, particularly in healthcare, medicine and jobs involving plants or animals. The list is long and includes: nursing, dentistry, forensic science, psychology, physiotherapy, botany, environmental science, zoology, geology, oceanography, pharmaceuticals, energy, teaching, science writing, genetics and research. A number of sports related courses such as physiotherapy and sports therapy may also require biology

Further information

The course features a wide range of teaching and learning approaches and methods; from practical work to interactive classroom study, group tasks to private study and lab based practical activities. Outside of lessons there are opportunities to visit Bristol University labs and undertake fieldwork.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bristol Free School directly.

Last updated date: 18 August 2017

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