Biology

It is interesting because it opens up your understanding of how the body works and our interactions with the environment.

 

Biology is essential if you wish to pursue medicine, any medical area or veterinary science. It is also a subject that develops the practical and organisational skills or each student.

YEAR 7 -9 CURRICULUM OUTLINE

During Key Stage 3 pupils cover a range of topics which will stretch and challenge them and provide an opportunity to learn about their own bodies and the world around them. We aim to promote inquisitive and curious minds, who enjoy planning practical investigations to answer their questions. As part of being an independent learner, the team encourages the pupils to get involved in project work, use the ICT resources to develop presentation skills and use their laboratory skills to pose their own hypothesis and test their theories.

In Year 7, the topics pupils cover include: cells, healthy living and the respiratory system. These topics are not necessarily covered in this order. Through these topics pupils will develop key fundamental biological theories and broaden their understanding of a range of human anatomical features with direct application to their own health and wellbeing.

In Year 8, pupils start with exploring how their bodies interact with the outside world and gets everything it needs to function, before focusing on our interaction with plants and ecosystems.

In Year 9, pupils begin looking at key themes of the GCSE topics, beginning the GCSE course in the Autumn term.

 

GCSE CURRICULUM OUTLINE

The following topics are covered:

Cells and control, genetics, natural selection and genetic modification, health, disease and the development of medicines, plant structures and their functions, animal coordination, control and homeostasis, exchange and transport in animals, ecosystems and material cycles.

The students must also complete 12 key practical segments which are assessed during the final examination.

Biology is a popular option at Key Stage 4 where it is taught in mixed ability groups.  

From September 2016 we follow the new Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Biology. There are nine units to the course:

Unit 1: Key concepts in Biology

  • Covering microscopes, cells and enzymes.

    Unit 2: Cells and control

  • Covering mitosis, growth in plants and animals, structure of the brain and the nervous system.

    Unit 3: Genetics

    Covering meiosis, protein synthesis, mutations and genetic inheritance.

    Unit 4: Natural selection and genetic modification.

    Covering evolution, Darwin’s theory, classification and genetic modification.

    Unit 5: Health disease and the development of medicines

    Covering pathogens, immune system, disease and antibiotics.

    Unit 6: Plant structures and their functions

    Covering plant adaptations and hormones, photosynthesis and water movement in plants.

    Unit 7: Animal coordination, control and homeostasis

    Covering hormones involved in the menstrual cycle, control of blood glucose, thermal regulation and osmoregulation.

    Unit 8:  Exchange and transport in animals

    Covering diffusion, the heart and gas exchange

    Unit 9: Ecosystems and materials

    Covering energy transfers, pollution, biodiversity, food security and nutrient cycles.

    The students must also complete 12 key practical elements which are assessed in the final two examinations at the end of year 11.

  • More information can be found at the exam board’s website

    https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/sciences-2016.html

A LEVEL CURRICULUM OUTLINE

Pupils follow the AQA specification at A level. The A level route is a two year course, with the option of just doing the AS level one year course. There are three examinations at the end of this two year course, covering all content and the skills acquired from the 12 required practical elements.

 

The following topics are covered

Biological molecules, cells, how organisms exchange substances with their environment, how genetic information is transferred, the types of variation and relationships between organisms, how energy transfers in and between organisms, how organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments, population genetics, evolution and ecosystems and the control of gene expression.

 

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES/ FIELD TRIPS

Each year there are various trips that have previously included Chester zoo and universities.

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