Miss J Whitehead – Head of Department
Mr D WIlliams
Mr G Bonfante
Mrs R Wright
Mr R Yates
In Year 8, students will study a broad range of topics including:
- Cells and Tissues
- Microbes and Health
- Genetics and Adaption
In Year 9 students will begin to study topics that will appear on their GCSE examinations. Their work will cover diverse areas of Biology such as:
- Blood and Circulation, Respiration
- Diet and Digestion
- Energy and the Environment
- Plants and Nutrient Cycles
Useful Websites for Lower School Biology:
The Biology GCSE follows the AQA examination specification and will cover topics such as:
- Plant Hormones and Diseases
- Human Nervous and Hormonal System
- Human impact on the environment
- Disease and Immunity
- Drugs and Drug Testing
Students will be examined in the summer of their final GCSE year and the exam will consist of two papers both holding a weighting of 50% each.
Throughout the 2 years of GCSE, students will carry out a series of assessed practicals in which they will be expected to demonstrate core practical skills and develop them throughout the year.
During the students time in Year 10 and 11, they will carry out a range of dissections and be presented with current topics. We also have a range of work experience links to hospitals and stretch and challenge activities, such as the Biology Olympiad, that students can participate in.
Useful Websites for GCSE Biology:
The Biology A Level course follows the AQA examination specification.
Throughout the two years of A Level, students cover a range of topics such as:
- The Nervous System
- Biological Molecules
Boys experience hands on dissections and work with live organisms. Throughout the year, students also take part in a residential trip to study Ecology in more detail and a trip to Chester Zoo to examine courtship and behaviour.
In the final summer examinations, students will complete three papers examining their understanding of the topics throughout their two year course.
Throughout the year, students will also be formally assessed on their practical competencies by completing twelve assessed practicals which will result in a pass/fail grade.
Useful Websites for AS & A Level Biology:
The Department has an excellent Biology club run by Sixth Form students, which meets on Friday lunchtimes in BL1. We also have an extensive timetable of guest lecturers who give a range of talks on cutting-edge Biology subjects. The talks are open to Sixth Form and Year 11 students and younger students who show a flair for the subject.