Biology is a dynamic and relevant science, providing evidence and explanations for questions relating to the human body and other living organisms in the world around us.

Practical investigations, animations, video clips and interactive tasks bring the study of living organisms to life in the classroom. Students learn about the diversity of life, the structure and function of organ systems and the interaction between living organisms while developing an understanding of environmental issues.

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Key Stage 4

All pupils in Forms 4 and 5 study IGCSE Biology. The course begins by consolidating foundations of Biology such as cell structure and biological molecules. This learning then feeds into the study of body systems such as the circulatory and digestive system and more complex processes such as excretion and the nervous system. The study of life processes in plants together with the environment forms a valuable part of the course and develops an appreciation of the importance of protecting the ecosystem and the interactions within it.

Sixth Form

A Level Biology is an ideal progression route for those who have demonstrated an academic flair and enthusiasm for the subject at IGCSE level. Although the A Level is a challenging course in many ways, the students enjoy covering Biology topics in more depth and further developing their skills of interpretation, application and evaluation which are useful in many fields. The course covers important aspects of biology including the biochemistry of photosynthesis together with the intricacies of the immune system and brain function. Practical skills are assessed both in the laboratory and on a field trip and the activities support the theory. Activities include antibiotic testing and behaviour patterns in snails. The most successful A Level students have sound maths and literacy skills as well as good organisation and self-motivation.

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