Our course of study closely follows the National Curriculum. In order to maintain a high level of challenge, we also incorporate key concepts from GCSE Biology into our teaching and assessments. In addition, we offer students the opportunity to complete CREST awards as part of their course.
Cells, Reproduction, Inheritance, Classification, Ecology, Nutrition and Digestion, Photosynthesis, Respiration, Circulation, Microbes and Disease
AQA GCSE Biology 8461 and AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy 8464
Our course of study encourages students to make links to topic areas and concepts beyond the GCSE specification. For instance, by reviewing ongoing advances in research and evaluating current news items, we expose our students to the ways in which Biology is relevant in the wider world. In order to maintain a high level of challenge, we also incorporate some key concepts from A-level Biology into our teaching.
Cells and Transport; Organisation (Plants); Bioenergetics (Introduction); Organisation (Animals); Disease and Antibodies; Bioenergetics (Respiration); Bioenergetics (Photosynthesis); Organisation and their environment; Human impacts on their environment, Biomass, food and biotechnology
AS and A Level Biology 7401/7402
Closely follow the AQA specification and also encourage students to make links between topic areas and concepts in and beyond the A Level specification. For instance, by reviewing ongoing advances in research and evaluating current news items, we expose our students to the ways in which Biology is relevant in the wider world. This allows students to access the highest marks in the final A level assessment.
Biological molecules; Cells; Energy transfers in and between organisms; Organisms exchange substances with their environment; Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms; Organisms respond to changes in their environment; Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems; The control of gene expression.
Clubs – MedSoc, Dissection Club and Year 7 Science club
External links – Mentoring sessions from Industry professionals, Cheltenham Science Festival, ‘A-level live’ trip.
Leadership opportunities – helping to run the Eco Committee, Subject Captain including running the Year 7 Science club and offering support for lower school students and supporting departmental initiatives