With extremely strong results over the past decade and an Alps score of 2, our Biology Department brings a passion and commitment that provokes very positive feedback from students.
Our teaching staff are specialists in Biology, aiming to inspire all students to enjoy their subject and achieve their best, regardless of ability. High quality marking and feedback support students' progress.
We have excellent practical resources and technical support, allowing teachers to incorporate practical work into lessons whenever possible - well beyond the 'required practicals' of the curriculum.
- Biological molecules
- Organisms exchange substances with their environment.
- Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.
- Energy transfers in and between organisms.
- Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments.
Students are assessed for development of practical skills along the way; with a pass/fail at the end. The A-Level exams test these skills, so it also affects the final grade. Students maintain and develop a 'lab book' to show evidence of completion of required practicals and associated skills. Students develop independent study skills and there are opportunities for teamwork, research and oral presentations.
Continuous assessment will be used to inform the student’s progression into Year 13 and their registration for the A level Biology exam.
The A Level course will assess all content from both years of the course and will be examined by three 2hr papers in June of the second year of study.
There is no longer a coursework or controlled assessment unit.
Our students progress onto a very broad range of science related courses at universities across the country, including those deemed to be 'prestigious'. Students apply for university courses leading to careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, natural sciences, psychology, nursing and midwifery, biomedical science, physiotherapy and research.
Some also go on to non-science related courses and careers such as law where their achievements in science A Levels have served to develop skills such as problem solving and critical thinking.