Biology

Biology is the study of living organisms which includes their structure, functioning, origin and evolution, classification, interrelationships and distribution. The Biology Department aims to stimulate and excite pupils’ curiosity about and interest in the living world around them.

The Biology Department aims to:

  • develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of biological concepts;
  • develop in pupils the skills needed for the use of biological concepts in new and changing situations in a range of domestic, industrial and environmental contexts;
  • provide pupils with opportunities to develop and apply their knowledge and understanding of the nature of science and of the scientific process;
  • develop pupils’ understanding of the relationships between hypotheses, evidence, theories and explanations;
  • enable pupils to develop and apply their observational, practical, enquiry and problem-solving skills and understanding in laboratory, field and other learning environments;
  • develop pupils’ ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively;
  • develop pupils’ skills in communication, mathematics and the use of technology in scientific contexts; and
  • develop and sustain pupils’ enjoyment of and interest in Biology.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 Biology is taught as part of a general Science programme.

Topic covered at Key Stage 3 include

  • The structure and function of cells
  • Organ systems of the human body and how they function – this includes the digestive, respiratory, circulatory and reproductive system
  • Plants structure and function including reproduction and photosynthesis
  • Genetics
  • The environment

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 Biology is studied as part of  the Core Science and Additional Science specification.

Biology is also taught as a separate GCSE in which students follow the AQA specification.

The course is comprised of three units:

Unit 1 (25% of final grade) Unit 2(25% of final grade) Unit 3(25% of final grade)
B1.1 Diet and digestionB1.2  Pathogens and disease

B1.3 Nerves and hormones

B1.4 The use and abuse of drugs

B1.5  Interdependence and adaptation

B1.6 Energy and biomass in food chains

B1.7 Genetic variation and its control

B1.8  Evolution

B2.1 Cells and simple cell transportB2.2 Tissues, organs and organ systems

B2.3  Photosynthesis

B2.4  Organisms and their environment

B2.5  Prteins – their functions and uses

B2.6 Aerobic and anaerobic respiration

B2.7  \Cell division and inheritance

B2.8 Speciation

B3.1  Movement of molecules into and out of cellsB3.2  Transport systems in plants and animals

B3.3.  Homeostasis

B2.4  Humans and their environment

 

In year 12 students will complete a controlled assessment that is based on some of the topics studied during the course.  (25% of final grade)

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5, the Biology Department offers Biology at AS and A2 Level. Students follow the AQA specification

At AS students complete the following units

Unit 1:  Biology and Disease written paper 1¼hours – Organic molecules, Cell structure, How materials enter and leave the cell, Enzymes, The role of the digestive and circulatory system, Causes of disease and Immunity

Unit 2:  The Variety of Living organisms written paper 1¾hours – Variation, DNA and cell division, The cell cycle, Adaptations of cells, Gas exchange in animals and plants, Classification, Adaptation, Diversity and Selection

 

Unit 3; Practical and Investigative Work (ISA)

 

The A2 qualification is made up of the AS units plus 3 additional units which are studied at a higher level for A2.

Unit 4: Populations and Environment Written paper 1½hours – Populations and variations in populations, Respiration, Photosynthesis, Energy transfer, Nutrient cycles and Genetics.

 

Unit 5:  Control in cells and organisms Written paper 2¼hours – The Nervous System, Homeostasis, Protein synthesis, Gene Cloning technology and its uses.

 

Unit 6; Practical and Investigative skills (ISA)