Biology is a subject that everyone can relate to. We aim to build on that and develop an interest and understanding of the natural systems in the world around us.
We also aim to develop inquisitive thinking and practical and investigative skills.
Modern Biology covers not only the study of plants and animals but also microbiology, biotechnology and environmental studies.
The school has laboratories dedicated to the Biological Sciences as well as extensive grounds, with varied habitats, which are used to support the teaching of Biology.
Biology is taught for one hour a week by subject specialists.
Staying Alive (blood, breathing and respiration)
Active Body (muscles, joints and movement)
The Five Senses
Classification (taxonomy and the 5 kingdoms)
Microbes (disease and biotechnology)
Plants at Work (plant structure and photosynthesis)
Diet and Digestion
Human Reproduction (foetal development and birth)
Variation, Chromosomes, Genes and DNA
Ecology (this carries forward to form part of the IGCSE course)
Pupils study Biology either as one of three separate science GCSEs, or to achieve both Science GCSE and Additional Science GCSE.
The AQA Science course leading to Science and Additional Science GCSEs is assessed by modular examinations and by practical skills assessment.
Topics covered in Years IV and V include:
Coordination and Control*
Controlling Infectious Disease*
Adaptation for Survival*
Energy in Ecosystems*
Reproduction and Inheritance*
For those studying AQA Biology IGCSE as part of three separate sciences, the course is assessed at the end of Year V by written examination
Topics covered include all those above with an asterisk plus:
Circulation and Digestion
Human Population and Pollution
The OCR syllabus is followed for AS and A2 Biology.
It is important to study Biology if you wish to apply for Medicine, Veterinary Science, Nursing or Biology-related courses. It is useful if you are studying any other science university course, and is accepted as a suitable A level entry into humanities or arts courses too.
You need at least a grade C in Biology or Double Award Science at GCSE or IGCSE for entry on to the AS course.
UNIT : Cells, Exchange and Transport
Cell Division, Diversity and Organisation
Exchange Surfaces and Breathing
Transport in Animals
Transport in Plants
UNIT: Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health
Diet and Food Production
Health and Disease
Practical skills in AS Biology are assessed by means of discrete tasks set each year by the examination board. They are carried out and marked in school.
UNIT: Communication, Homeostasis and Energy
Communication and Homeostasis
UNIT : Control, Genomes and Environment
Cellular Control and Variation
Biotechnology and Gene Technology
Ecosystems and Sustainability
Responding to the Environment
Practical skills are set and marked as for AS.
On Wednesday 15th September 2010 the Sixth Form scientists had our first Science Café meeting of the year in the library.
Sarah Morton (studying Medicine) and Shona Day (studying Physics with Music) from Imperial College London both spoke to us about studying a science degree at university, what kind of things that would entail and also gave us some general information on applying to university. I think we all found it very helpful, whether to help us decide whether a science degree is right for us or even for some last minute tips for writing personal statements!