Biology

Staffing

L Monroe (Head of Department)
K Dorman
C Larmour
T McCorry
D Spence
D Vance (Technician)

Subject Overview

Biology is the study of life – from the biological molecules that make up the structure of DNA (our very essence) to the ecology of the biomes that make up planet Earth.

We aim to help pupils understand major scientific ideas, to appreciate how these contribute to technology and their subsequent uses in industry, business and medicine and how these advances have increased the quality of life for many people.

Key Stage 3

All pupils in Year 10 study 2 periods of Biology each week with a subject specialist.  The topics covered give pupils a realistic learning experience of KS4 Biology as the content is based on the GCSE specification.  Topics covered include Cells, Nutrition, Careers and Controlled Assessment.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Biology is currently offered as a single science through CCEA.

This specification involves a new approach to biology at GCSE. It encourages students to develop their curiosity about the living world and provides 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.

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.

Click here to go to the CCEA Key Stage 4 Specification

Key Stage 5

GCE AS and A Level Biology is also offered through CCEA.

This specification encourages students to develop an interest in and enthusiasm for Biology (including an interest in further study and biology-related careers).  Students develop knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other.  They are guided to develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of, and understanding of, how science works.  All Biology students should  understand how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society and appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues.

Click here to go to the CCEA Key Stage 5 Specification

Career Opportunities

Here are just a few examples of a wide range of courses and careers for which Biology is useful.

NURSING VETERINARY SCIENCE MEDICINE
GENETICS MICROBIOLOGY ECOLOGY
SPORTS SCIENCE PHYSIOTHERAPY FORENSICS
MARINE BIOLOGY BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE TEACHING
AGRICULTURE SCIENCE JOURNALISM PATHOLOGY
DIETICIAN GENETIC COUNSELLING ZOOLOGIST

Apart from this, Biology equips pupils with skills in communication and research as well as investigation and analysis.  These skills will be invaluable regardless of career choice and will enable students to make informed choices in the future about subjects such as – health, gene cloning, animal testing, recycling and the environment, etc.

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