Biology/Human Biology A level

We are proud of our record of excellence in Biology over many years.

We set high standards and expectations of students in terms of homework, test performance, attendance and contribution to lessons. Lessons are varied and interesting with excellent practical sessions to allow them to develop these important skills. There is a well-developed Moodle course with copies of class material as well as revision PowerPoint presentations, extra practice questions and extension activities.

Staff are very motivated and give a lot of their free time to support students.

As well as the big field trip that is offered every year, to faraway places such as Sri Lanka, Belize and Uganda we also organize trips/speakers throughout the year for example:

  • Bristol University Biochemistry department to do practical workshop and lectures on topics such as diabetes and genetic engineering
  • University of London, Institute of Education - day of lectures on aspects of DNA and Genetics
  • Bristol Zoo - workshop on classification
  • Two students from Exeter University spent the day with us as part of the 'borrow a scientist for a day' scheme. They led sessions on cholera to 5 AS teaching groups and discussed with students the pros and cons of university life.
  • Coastal field work on Studland sand dunes looking particularly at succession

All students who are applying to university in a biological area are offered practice interviews. This is of particular use to the medics, vets and dentists as well as the Oxbridge Natural Scientists. These students, in general, do well at interview and receive offers from the universities of their choice.  In 2011 for example students achieved places at the following Universities:

University Destinations 2011
Edward Tye (profile) Bristol Biochemistry with Medical Biochemistry 2011
Duncan Almy Sheffield Bioengineering 2011
Jack Fuller Plymouth Biological Sciences 2011
Sophia Kolokotroni Bournemouth Biological Sciences 2011
Jennifer Back Exeter Biological Sciences with Study Abroad (4 years) 2011
Christopher Owen Sussex Biology 2011
Joshua Hawkshaw Hertfordshire Biotechnology with a year in North America 2011
Helen Gosling Nottingham Agriculture also with a Certificate in European Studies (Biosciences) 2011
Christian Alexander Worcester Human Biology 2011
Olivia Magill   Environmental Biology 2011
Jacob Lisle   Medicine 2011
Emily Davies Nottingham Veterinary Science 2011
Helen Callaby (profile)   Medicine 2011
Hollie White (profile)   Physiotherapy 2011
Kirsten Sellick Peninsula College Medicine 2011


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See photos from the 2013 Biology trip to Madagascar



African Adventure for Strode Students

Genetics and DNA Conference gives Biology Students a lot to Think About

Biology Students Return to Their Natural Habitat After Trip of a Lifetime in Belize