Biology literally means the science of living things and it is the science which relates most easily to you and to the environment in which you live. Biology is a rapidly changing and exciting science; just think about how often Biology features in the news with headline reports into cloning, genetic engineering, medical breakthroughs and the environment. It is perhaps no surprise that for so many years Biology has been a popular option choice with the majority of boys in Year 9 selecting it.
The new GCSE course, introduced in 2016, aims to stimulate an interest in the study of living organisms and to promote an awareness of the significance of biological principles in personal, social, economic, environmental and technological contexts.
The course covers a wide range of topics including cells, disease, human biology, plant biology, evolution, ecology, DNA, genetics and inheritance to name a few. The teaching includes a wide variety of practical work, such as extracting DNA, investigating digestion and the kidney, enzyme experiments and studying animal and plant habitats, to enhance learning and help students develop their investigative and experimental skills.
GCSE Biology, as well as being an enjoyable and interesting GCSE for boys with no plan to take Sciences further, provides the best foundation for any student wishing to study the subject to A Level and is essential for those considering a career in Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science. Most importantly perhaps, it will allow the student to obtain a deeper understanding of themselves and a better appreciation of the other life forms that interact with us on this wonderful planet!
We offer the AQA GCE Biology which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills which have been developed during our GCSE course. Completing the GCSE course is a prerequisite for Sixth Form study of Biology and most pupils who do well will have achieved at least a grade 7 at GCSE. Essentially, pupils will be encouraged to:
- Develop knowledge and understanding of concepts of Biology, and the skills needed for the use of these in new and challenging situations
- Develop an understanding of biologically scientific methods relevant to industry
- Recognise the value and responsible use of Biology in society
- Sustain and develop their enjoyment of the Biological Sciences
- Further develop practical skills relevant to the course