Biology – the study of living things. From single-celled organisms to our place in the living world, Biology offers an important perspective on life.
From Year 9, Biology is taught as a separate science and students begin to make distinctions between it and the other branches of science. Topics are studied in more depth and students are required to apply knowledge from earlier teaching.
After Easter, students begin their GCSE course, following the Edexcel IGCSE Biology course.
Years 10 and 11: IGCSE
In Year 10, students continue with the Edexcel IGCSE Biology course.
Students carry out enzyme experiments, dissect the heart and an eye ball, make working models of the lungs, measure the rate of photosynthesis in pond weed and much more.
The development of investigation skills is an important element of the course and IGCSE courses are a good foundation for International Baccalaureate Diploma courses.
Students learn to describe and explain patterns in data and learn to evaluate the social, environmental and economic impact of scientific developments.
The study of the organ systems enables students to understand how their bodies function, learning important facts about themselves and the relevance of a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Sixth Form: International Baccalaureate
As part of the IB Programme, the Science Faculty offers Biology at Standard and Higher Level.
IB Biology coursework (internal assessment) requires students to plan, carry out, analyse and evaluate an investigation of their own choosing.
Students become genetic engineers, transforming bacteria using a gene from a jelly fish, excite chlorophyll with uv light, dissect the heart and are given the opportunity to dissect a whole rat.
In Biology, Year 12 students participate in a one-day river study, during which they investigate the distribution of animals. Valuable techniques are learned and students often discover animals and plants that are normally overlooked. The wonder and joy of discovering something new is apparent on students’ faces.
A highlight of the IB course is the two day Experimental Sciences Project. Working in teams, students design a method to answer a question of their own choice, based on a theme (previous examples have been the beach and the Olympics). Students reflect on their self-motivation and perseverance and the event provides an opportunity to explore an idea with relate freedom.