Biology is a fascinating subject which involves the study of living organisms. As biologists, we study a diverse range of areas, such as microbes, how organisms are classified and how different species interact with each other and the natural environment. Through these studies we may find solutions to worldwide problems such as Global Warming, food shortages and MRSA. Biologists are also involved in researching and understanding some of the most controversial advances in human knowledge including designer babies and genetically modified food.
Biology helps us understand the world we live in today and this allows us to make a difference to our tomorrow’s world.
Pupils study Science in Years 8 and 9, where they are introduced to a range of biological topics, including Cells, Reproduction, Classification and Photosynthesis. Biology is then taught as a separate discipline in Year 10.
Students select to continue their study of Biology at either Triple Award or Double Award. Both encourage students to develop their curiosity about the living world and provide insight into and experience of how science works. It also inspires, motivates and challenges students, enabling them to engage with Biology in their everyday lives. They learn about cells, living processes, biodiversity, body systems, genetics, microorganisms and health.
For those progressing directly into employment, a GCSE in Biology is relevant not only to the fields of science and medicine, but also to areas of commerce and public service that value problem-solving and practical skills.
This course prepares students for the study of Biology and related courses at GCE Advanced Level and Advanced Subsidiary. It also helps them to develop transferable skills that will benefit them in vocational training and employment.
GCE Biology comprises two levels: AS and A2. The AS can be taken as a ‘stand-alone’ qualification without progression to A2. However, to obtain the Advanced GCE qualification, students must complete both the AS and A2 levels. The specification has a modular structure and students are required to study three modules at each level. (Specific detail of specifications can be found on the CCEA website)
GCE Biology encourages students to:
- develop an interest in and enthusiasm for Biology (including an interest in further study and biology-related careers);
- develop knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other;
- develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation and understanding of how science works;
- appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues; and
- understand how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.
The Biology department’s Animal club continues to grow from strength to strength, under the expert support and guidance of our Biology technician, Mrs Acheson. Numerous enthusiastic junior pupils come to B1 before classes commence, 4 mornings a week, to spent time and assist with the care of our numerous animals. We currently have 2 guinea pigs, a snake, a bearded dragon, 2 geckos, numerous stick insects and some goldfish.