Biology

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

In years 7 and 8 pupils study biology as part of the science course and in year 9 they study biology. During these years they look at the topics of cells, breathing, plants, energy, eating and health. At beginning of spring term in year 9, they begin looking at the GCSE topics.

 

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.

A LEVEL CURRICULUM OUTLINE

The following topics are covered:

Biological molecules, cells, organisms exchanging substances with their environment, genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms, energy transfers in and between organisms, organisms response to changes in their internal and external environments, genetics, populations, 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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