Biology

 

 

Department Vision:

 

Biology is the study of life’ The Biology Department aims to inspire and engage students in this pursuit whilst equipping them with the skills they need to become independent leaners with a flexible mind set. We ensure students are taught to the highest level to encourage them to achieve their potential."

 

Overview:

The Biology Curriculum at GCSE  follows AQA and covers a diverse range of concepts. Most of these build on areas learned in Years 7 to 9 and are then built on further in the A Level.

                       
                          
                  

 

Key Stage 4

In Triple Science students are studying towards an individual GCSE in Biology. The exam board is AQA.

Across the course students will study and explore a diverse range of topics, including

  • Defending against infectious diseases
  • Control in the human body, including nerves and hormones
  • Adaptations and interdependence
  • Genetic variation and its control
  • Evolution
  • Photosynthesis     
  • Aerobic and anaerobic respiration
  • Cell division and inheritance
  • Gas exchange
 

Key Stage 5

Students study Edexcel Biology and will develop their knowledge and understanding of different areas of biology and how they relate to each other. They will explore how society makes decisions about biology-related issues and how biology contributes to the success of the economy and society. Topics covered include:

  • Inheritance and gene mutation
  • Biodiversity
  • DNA Profiling and PCR
  • Cardiac Cycle and Control
 

Extra-Curricular & Trips

The Biology Department runs several trips, and have guest speakers in for lectures and workshops across all year groups. These are dependent on availability of activities. Examples of past activities include:

  • Biology field trip to Slapton in Devon to support A2 coursework
  • Day trip to the Boxmoor Trust to develop field work skills
  • DNA and genetics lecture trip to University of London
  • KS4 lecture trip