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Welcome

Biology is the study of life! In Biology we consider what organisms are made of, how they work and how they interact with each other.

The Biology department teaches students in Years 9, 10 and 11 AQA separate GCSE Biology. This course covers a range of Human, Animal and Plant Science as well as considering Genetics, Evolution and Environmental Biology. In Years 12 and 13 we follow OCR’s A-Level Biology course which develops all the ideas met at GCSE, but offers opportunities for more detailed understanding and development of advanced practical skills.

Students who have studied Biology have gone on to a whole range of related courses at University, including Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Anatomical Sciences, Genetics, Virology, Microbiology, Midwifery, Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Sciences and Marine Biology.

- Mr Smith, Head of Biology

What We Do

Above and beyond the GCSE and A-Level syllabuses, the department offers opportunities to investigate theories and ideas experimentally. Every year we support Extended Project (EP) students carrying out original scientific research, examples of which can be viewed below.

Practicals form an important part of lessons and at A-Level, much of the tutorial programme is given over to carrying out dissections or Drosophila breeding programmes, investigating genetic crosses. We have superb sampling equipment and Sixth Formers regularly trap moths and small mammals in their study periods. Currently, Year 12 students visit the Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve (NNR), to study succession on the sand dune systems. Students in Years 10 and 13 get the opportunity to test their biological knowledge nationally in The Biological Challenge or Olympiad events.

In addition, we also run the Life in the Vines project in partnership with the Royal Society, the University of Exeter and Silverton Vineyard.

Lower Years Biology

The lower years curriculum will involve the following:

 

Year 7

Year 8

Autumn
Term

Cells

Gas exchange and the lungs

Diet and Digestion

Respiration

Spring
Term

Inheritance

Reproduction

Exercise

Photosynthesis

Summer
Term

Ecology

Disease and micro-biology

Adaptation

Middle Years (Y9-11) Biology

The middle years curriculum will involve the following:

  Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

Autumn
Term

Cells

Organisation 1 – Enzymes and digestion

Bioenergetics

Homeostasis 1 - nerves

Ecology 3 – Mans effect on the environment

Inheritance 1 - DNA

Spring
Term
Organisation 2 –

Gas exchange

Organisation 3 - Circulation

Homeostasis 2 – Internal environment and excretion

Homeostasis 3 - Reproduction

Inheritance 2 – Evolution and classification

Inheritance 3 – Genetic engineering

Summer
Term
 Organisation 4 - Plants

Infection and response

Homeostasis 4 – plant hormones

Ecology 1 – Sampling

Ecology 2 - Decay

 





 

Upper Years Biology

The Key Stage 5 curriculum will involve the following:

  Year 12 Year 13

Autumn

Term

Cell structure

Biological Molecules

Enzymes

Biological membranes

Cell division and organisation

Communication and homeostasis

Nervous co-ordination

Hormonal communication

Photosynthesis

Respiration

Plant and animal responses

Spring

Term

Communicable disease

Immunity

Exchange Surfaces

Transport in animals

Transport in Plants

Cellular control

Genetics

Manipulating genome

Cloning and biotechnology

Summer

Term

Biodiversity

Classification and Evolution

Ecosystems

Populations and sustainability