Biology A Level - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

Biology is a natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms. Broadly, this includes gaining an understanding of an organism’s structure, function, genetics, evolution, ecology, distribution, and classification. You will study biochemistry and physiology, by looking at the fundamental chemistry of life, cell physiology, and examination of the physical and chemical functions of tissues, organs and organ systems. You will study these through a hands-on approach, with experiments including genetic engineering technologies, enzyme investigations, factors affecting photosynthesis and respiration, the spread of disease and production of slides, including plant chromosomes.

Teachingmethods include lectures, demonstrations and practical work. The 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.

You 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
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

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through written examinations in June of each year.

Progression Options

The majority of the students who study biology 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.

Course Summary

Course Title Biology A Level
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the A* to C or 9 to 5 range including Maths, English
and Biology, plus one other science.

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I chose to study at the College as it offered me the chance to study the subject I was most interested in and it has an excellent reputation, so I knew I could achieve here.

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