The Science of Life
Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from microorganisms to mammoths. Biology also includes the study of the human body, and you really cannot deny the importance of understanding the way of your own body functions!
Biology is never far from the headlines either...
The human genome has been sequenced and we know the complete arrangement of the three thousand million bases that make up human DNA. In Kenya 350 people die everyday from AIDS and in South East Asia the skies are dark with smoke as the last Bornean rainforests are burned to grow oil palms. Biologists are concerned with all these issues. They work in the fields of cell biology, medicine, food production and ecology... and the work they do is vital to us all.
British Biologists are world famous. Charles Darwin, Alexander Flemming, Florence Nightingale, Joseph Lister, Rosalind Franklin, David Attenborough, Lord Professor Robert Winston, to name but a few.
What we cover in Years 7-9
In Year 7 to 9 we aim to cover the core principles of Biology, which provide the foundation for GCSE studies. We also want to instil a passion for the subject that students will carry into their adult lives. We study a diverse range of topics, many of which are important to students wellbeing throughout life.
The main topic areas are;
Cells, Tissues and Organs
Skeleton and muscles
Nerves and Learning
Microbes and Disease
Drugs and Health
The Heart and Circulation
Breathing and Respiration
What we cover in Years 10-11
Edexcel iGCSE. There are two options;
- Three separate sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Physics (3 GCSEs, specification codes; 4BI0, 4CH0, 4PH0) http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-international-gcses-and-edexcel-certificates/international-gcse-biology-2011.html
- Double Award science, consists of 2/3 of the separate syllabus in biology, chemistry and physics (2 GCSEs; specification code 4SC0) http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-international-gcses-and-edexcel-certificates/international-gcse-science-2011.html
For details of the course content please click here
A Level Curriculum
From Sept 2015
AQA Biology (7410 AS, 7420 A2)
For details of the course content please see the A level specific information on the website
Activities vary from year to year depending on the interests of the students and availability of resources.
There is a science club for year 7-9 students, year 10-13 students can assist with this to further their own knowledge or to gain experience in working with younger students.
We enter the Society of Biology’s Biology Challenge for year 9-10
Sixth formers have the chance to attend sessions for aspiring medics.
We have used Zoo lab and Party Animals to introduce students to a range of weird and interesting animals.
We use the school allotment to enhance learning in the classroom by attempting to grow plants, we also grow plants in the laboratories.
We use the school grounds extensively in many topic areas and liaise with the school’s Forest School to broaden students views on Biology.
Where might the subject lead?
Who studies Biology?
Biology is one of the most popular A Level subjects in the country, attracting students studying a wide range of other subjects. Many of these students enjoy the subject so much they eventually choose a biologically related degree course. Others go on to careers in law, computing, accounting or teaching. So, whatever field you will eventually work in, you will find biology a very rewarding and challenging course which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career.
Students who take Biology often also study from a wide range of subjects, including Psychology, Sociology, PE, Chemistry, Science in Society, Physics, Applied Science, Health & Social Care, Critical Thinking and Environmental Studies.
Biology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, zoology, marine biology or forensic science.
Please click here for more information on A Level Biology.