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Welcome to Biology

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About Biology

Are you fascinated by the natural world and the complex mechanisms of the organisms within it?

There are two Level 3 Biology courses on offer at St Brendan's Sixth Form College: A-level Biology and BTEC Human Biology. Immerse yourself in a fast-paced, intensive subject and gain insight into how the body works, how plants survive and how humans impact the environment around them.

Jo Lewthwaite

Jo Lewthwaite

Sarah Harker

Sarah Harker

Paul Wright

Paul Wright

Jane Cox

Jane Cox

Bev Forsyth Cheasley

Bev Forsyth Cheasley

Phil Clark

Phil Clark

Meet Your Teachers

Our Biology Team is made up of passionate subject specialists, who stay on top of the latest research and have access to an impressive network of industry professionals within the BioMed and STEM sectors.

They come from a wide range of scientific and educational backgrounds, ensuring that you learn from real-world knowledge and experience.

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A-level Biology Student: Chloe

"I chose to study A-level Biology because I enjoy learning about the complex mechanisms within living organisms and how they function. I have found this course interesting because it covers a wide range of topics and practicals, and goes further in-depth into some of the more complicated and fascinating elements of biology covered in previous years. I am excited to be going on to study Medicine at university next year."

Chloe studied: Biology, Chemistry, Maths, EPQ

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Human Biology Student: Jack

"Taking Applied Human Biology was one of the best decisions I made at St Brendan's. The coursework is a mixture of classwork and independent research, as well as practical investigations too. It does require a lot of work outside of college, but you'll always receive brilliant guidance from the teachers and the workload and deadlines are completely manageable. Next year I am going to study Primary Education at Bath Spa University."

Jack studied: Applied Human Biology, Psychology, Politics


Biology Alumni: Ryan

"After St Brendan’s, I headed to Oxford University to study Medicine, I am currently in my second year.

The College's BioMed Group really helped me to broaden my interest in Medicine, and provided the basis for a lot of the wider reading that I later explored in my personal statement and interviews. St Brendan's also offered continuous support through both the personal statement and interview processes, which helped me receive four medical school offers.

In 10 years, I aspire to be working as a cardiologist, though I also wish to stay in touch with my academic background, potentially through medical research."

Ryan studied: Biology, Maths, Chemistry, English Language

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Take a look at these recordings from our previous Live Events.

Hear our subject specialists talk about different aspects of the courses and answering questions from other students interested in studying Biology at St Brendan's.

Open Day Biology and Human biology Level 3

Biology FAQs

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Entry Requirements

Both courses require you to have achieved 5 GCSE Grade 4s (or equivalent) including English Language.

A-level Biology - additional entry criteria:

  • Grade 6,6 for Combined Science OR Grade 6 for GCSE Biology & Grade 6 in either Chemistry or Physics
  • Grade 6 for GCSE Maths OR Grade 5 for GCSE Maths plus enrolment in Core Maths as an additional subject alongside your 3 A-levels

BTEC Human Biology - additional entry criteria:

  • Grade 4,4 for Combined Science OR Grade 4 for GCSE Biology & Grade 4 in either Chemistry or Physics
  • Grade 4 for GCSE Maths
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BioMed - The Science behind Success

If you're interested in careers such as Medicine, Nursing or Veterinary Science our BioMed group will be the perfect formula for you!

Led by our specialist teachers, the BioMed group offers a wide range of support to help you reach your ambitious goals:

  • Master Classes from high profile industry experts
  • Work experience and lab placement opportunities
  • Help with personal statements
  • Access to university research projects

BioMed Alumni

Take a look at what some of our recent BioMed students are up to now!

STEM Alumni Louise

STEM Alumni Ryan

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Careers in Biology

Biology students from St Brendan's progress to a wide range of university courses and apprenticeships.

Every year our dedicated Careers Teams arrange Careers Fairs and sector-specific events for students to explore all of their options. They also arrange talks from industry experts and St Brendan's Alumni.

Throughout your time at St Brendan's, the Careers Team door is always open for one-to-one appointments and advice and guidance

Use the Pathways tool below to explore various progression routes to numerous careers through Higher Education courses and Apprenticeships.

Are You Ready?

Shape your future and apply to St Brendan's now!