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On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April.

Updated guidance advises:

  • Adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and no longer have a high temperature.
  • Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can return to college when they no longer have a high temperature, and are well enough to attend.
  • Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice is 3 days.

For education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April:

  • Regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education or childcare setting, including in SEND, alternative provision and children’s social care settings. Therefore, we will no longer be able to order test kits .


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A-Level Biology Level 3 | GCE AS Level in Biology A

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Biology is the science of life. Studying A Level biology, will give you a thorough understanding of the biological principles involved in many areas, such as genetic engineering, critical data analysis, plant structure and biodiversity. This can lead to many exciting career opportunities in the varied fields of medicine, genetics, healthcare, forensics, sports science and environmental science.

In this course you will study:

AS (year 1)

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Biology
  • Module 2 – Foundations in Biology
  • Module 3 – Exchange and transport
  • Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease

    A2 (year 2)

  • Module 5- Communication, homeostasis and energy
  • Module 6 – genetics, evolution and ecosystems
  • How will I know how I am doing?

    AS Biology (Year 1):

    • Two exams at the end of the year; both are 1 hour and 30 minutes long
    • AS is a stand-alone qualification and the results from these AS exams will not count towards the full A-level

    A2 Biology (Year 2):

    • A2 has three exams; two are 2 hours and 15 minutes long and one is 1 hour and 30 minutes long

    There is no coursework on this course. However, your performance during practicals will be assessed.

    What do I need to join?

    • BB/6-6 in GCSE Science and C/5 in Maths, and an entrance test


    • AA/7-7 and C/5 in Maths

    How will I learn?

    This A Level course is based at our Filton campus is in South Gloucestershire, which is accessible from the city of Bristol by train (Bristol Parkway/Bristol Abbey Wood) and bus.

    Previous work

    Work Experience

    You will be required to do a minimum of 36 hours of work experience. This is usually completed in a week during your first year in term time, where you will have the opportunity to explore a career field which takes your interest. In the lead-up to this week, you will be asked to create an exciting CV during a group tutorial period. The aim of this activity is to give you an idea of what full-time employment is like and to help you think about which career you would like to follow.

    What can I do next?

    Studying biology can lead to many exciting career opportunities in the very varied fields of medicine, genetics, healthcare, forensics, sports science and environmentalism, to name but a few. The transferable skills you will learn, such as problem solving, are also useful in many other areas, such as law.

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    course information last updated: Tuesday 24th May 2022 @ 8.30am (20 hours ago)

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    Full-Time 2022-2023

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