Biology

Why Study Biology?

Not a day passes without biology being in the news. From the cutting edge findings of genetic research, the impacts of climate change of life on earth, the role of living organisms in renewable energy, conservation of endangered species, the role of the environment on our genes in the expanding field of epigenetics, or finding cures for current and emerging diseases. Our biologists will be the creators, consumers, and decision makers of these areas in the future. In the biology department we have a strong and experienced teaching team, excellent laboratories and support this provides pupils with a stimulating teaching environment and every opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Year 9 - A Journey of Discovery from Ecosystems to Cellular Life

A year of excitement and freedom after a common entrance preparation and GCSE. We nurture and develop our pupils’ natural curiosity in the living world. We carefully select topics to engage our pupils' passion for biology. Starting in Year 9 we will look at understanding the interactions between the living and non-living environment, using the outdoor learning environment of our science garden and pond as a model ecosystem. Pupils will also visit Bristol Zoo and undertake a conservation strategy exercise. We finish the course with a collaborative CSI forensic investigation.

Year 10 and 11 – GCSE Biology

At GCSE we study the AQA specification. To expand the GCSE experience beyond this specification we take our Year 10 to ‘Science Live’ at Bristol, which is a day of lectures from keynote speakers who are experts in their field and activities laid on for them in the Science fair area. A structured program of revision and support enables our GCSE pupils to achieve excellent grades in biology with many choosing to study biology at A level.

Year 12 and 13 – A Level Biology

At A level we follow the OCR linear biology course. There are no longer practical exams but more focus on practical skills, which are tested in the terminal papers. This has given the department more opportunity to complete a large number of practicals while sharpening pupils skills and understanding. These include:

  • microscopy;
  • dissection;
  • computer modelling;
  • data logging;
  • gel electrophoresis;
  • behavioural studies;
  • pupils' own research project;
  • overnight field trip in L6th.

In addition pupils are given the chance to take part in Science Week at King’s, lectures from visiting speakers, the Biology Olympiad and a field studies course.

Please click above to view our video entry in the Harry and Margaret Kroto Prize for Innovative Use of Technology in Science Learning competition.

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