Biology is a natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms. Studying Biology can lead to many different careers, including bio-technology, molecular biology or genetic engineering.
Career opportunities from studying Biology:
- Forensic Scientist
A*- B if the subject was taken as a separate science at GCSE.
A*- B in Core Science and A*- A in the Additional Science.
GCSE 5 or above in English and Maths.
Curriculum Overview 2015/16
Students will be learning the fundamental ways in which living things are organised, and how they relate to each other and the world around them. They will look at the structure and function of cells, and the biochemical reactions going on inside them, including the details of photosynthesis and respiration. Some aspects of the physiology of plants and animals will be considered, for example the circulatory and respiratory systems.
Units on inheritance, ecology, and the application of biology in industry, genetics and medicine may be covered. Students will also be assessed on practical skills and mathematical skills as part of the written exams taken at the end of the course. Many of the issues which society must address relate to the biological sciences including animal experimentation, cloning, genetically modified foods, stem cells, embryo and fertility research, the human genome project and its implications. The discipline of Biology at A Level will offer a student ways of thinking about and being involved in these debates.
Biology can combine with other Sciences and Maths, but also with Humanities, Psychology, and PE.
The school has 6 fully equipped laboratories and is well resourced. With the introduction of both A Level Biology and Chemistry we are continually updating and increasing the practical apparatus and resources that are available to meet the needs of our students.