Biology

Biology is the study of living things from the molecular level to how organisms interact with each other.  It helps us to answer the questions 'Why?' and 'How?' Each topic is chosen to broaden a students’ knowledge of the surroundings and to encourage them to want to find out more.

Each year students will be introduced to specialised scientific terms and units and will learn how to measure accurately, use laboratory equipment safely, interpret graphs and draw scientific diagrams. Teaching is enriched with practical work and interactive lessons that allow students to apply their knowledge to the world around us.

Head of Department: Mrs A Savage

Key Stage 3

 

Topics Include:

 

Year 7:

 

  • Safety in the Lab

  • Plants & Animal Cells

  • Reproduction

  • Adolescence

  • Ecology

  • Food Chains

  • Variation

  • Food Groups

  • Digestive System

Year 8:

 

  • Microbes and protection against disease

  • Variation and selective breeding

  • Investigations in fitness

  • Alcohol and Drugs

  • Photosynthesis

 

Key Stage 4

 

AQA GCSE Biology

  1. Cell biology

  2. Organisation

  3. Infection and response

  4. Bioenergetics

  5. Homeostasis and response

  6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

  7. Ecology

Students will develop their practical skills and analysis techniques through a series of required practicals.  These practicals will help them to put in to practice the knowledge they have gained over the whole GCSE course as well as them preparing them for their examinations.

 

Key Stage 5

 

AQA Biology AS and A Level

The A level course is designed to provide a suitable preparation for degree courses while the AS course would be appropriate for any student with an interest in Biological Sciences but who does not intend to pursue a science related career. As well as developing biological knowledge and understanding the course emphasises the way biologists work and the contributions they make to modern society.

The course builds on concepts and skills that will have been developed in the new GCSE science specifications. It presents biology as exciting, relevant and challenging.

 

Progression to Career/ University Courses:

 

Biological sciences, Botany, Biomedical Science, Zoology, Microbiology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Marine Biology, Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Medicine, Veterinary Sciences and Sport Sciences, Dentistry, Pharmacology, Optometry.

 

Key Points

10% of the overall assessment of A-level Biology will contain mathematical skills equivalent to Level 2 or above. 

At least 15% of the overall assessment of A-level Biology will assess knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to practical work.  Practical experiences now link theory to reality, and equip students with the essential practical skills they need for a future in science.