Biology

Biology is a popular A level with around 75 students studying in year 12 and most go on to complete the course in year 13. The department comprises three teaching laboratories and four staff:

  • Mr D McMahon (Head of Biology)
  • Ms A Daisley
  • Mr D Hardy
  • Mrs G O’Mahony

General aims of the department

  • To ensure students are best placed to tackle their formal exams in year 11 and 13
  • To foster an interest in and awareness of the natural world around them
  • To be available to support students throughout their course - students are welcome to contact staff directly to ask for support
  • Students are tracked and monitored to check they are progressing at the pace expected
  • To return all work set within one week to ensure feedback on work is meaningful

Curriculum summary

Year 8

The curriculum topics from the national curriculum with the aim to stretch pupils both in subject knowledge and to develop scientific practical skills. Areas of study are as follows:

  • Health, diet and the human alimentary canal
  • The human cardiovascular system and Coronary Heart Disease
  • Reproduction - the emphasis is on humas, other mammals and medical issues surronding reproduction e.g. IVF

Year 9

Students embark on the new Edugas GCSE (9-1) course. The following topics are studied:

  • Cell biology
  • Transport systems

There is a one hour lesson each week with various teaching styles adopted to help students to progress.

Year 10

The Edugas course continues and topics will include:

  • Co-ordination and control
  • Photosynthesis
  • Ecosystems

There are two one hour lessons each week and specified practical work will be conducted in order to fulfil the GCSE requirements of the course.

Year 11

The GCSE will be taken at the end of this year (two exams papers) so there is a strong emphasis on revision especially after the first term. Topics taught in this year are:

  • Health, disease and development of medicine
  • Inheritiance, vartiation and evolution

 

An intensive revision programme is followed in the run up to exams. Emphasis throughtout the year is on fine tuning exam skills to ensure students are fully prepared.

A link to the Edugas website is below:

http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/biology/gcse/WJEC-Eduqas-GCSE-Biology-specification.pdf

A level

It is a subject needed by potential medics, vets or dentists, although some of the students study the subject in order to simply secure an A level science. The subject is ever changing and thus tests skills of application as well as the more general numerical, practical and organisational.

At A level students follow the AQA course. Topics are continued and developed from GCSE and start with biochemistry and cell biology. Throughout the course practical work aims to strengthen knowledge, develop skills and allow application skills to be practised. Exams are at the end of the second year of study and consist of three papers:

  • Paper one (based on year one work)
  • Paper two (based on year two work)
  • Paper three (based on application and practical skills)

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/biology/specifications/AQA-7401-7402-SP-2015.PDF

During the A level course a field trip takes place (if enough students register interest) to Preston Montford in Shropshire in order to develop field work experience.

There are also opportunites to go on lecture days and help sessions are available with members of staff.

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