Kirkham Grammar School

Independent Co-Educational Day and Boarding School


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    School Curriculum


    Biology is a subject that affects many aspects of our lives, such as the food we eat, our health and interactions with the environment.  We aim to foster a keen interest in human body systems and natural history and an awareness of the exciting developments occurring in biotechnology, microbiology and medicine.

    An investigative approach, through practical work, is encouraged in all year groups which, together with project work and presentations develops a broad understanding of scientific principles.

    Lower School

    The course for First Year pupils includes an introduction to using investigative methods, the use of a compound microscope, cell structure, variation amongst living organisms, reproduction of humans and other animals and ecology.

    The course for Second Year pupils revolves mainly around human life processes, including nutrition and health, feeding and digestion, respiration, movement and exercise and the effects of smoking and alcohol on human health.

    The course for Third Year pupils continues to develop investigative skills with much practical work.  Topics include photosynthesis, plant transport, human heart and circulation, microbes and disease and ecology.

    Middle School


    Board: AQA

    Biology is taught as a separate subject to all students, with examinations being taken at the end of the Fifth Year for those studying for (Combined Science) Trilogy or Biology.

    Senior School



    Board: AQA


    The Course

    A-level qualifications are linear.  Linear means that students will sit all the A-level exams at the end of their A-level course.


    A-level comprises the following core content:

    1. Biological molecules

    2. Organisms exchange substances with their environment

    3. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

    4. Energy transfers in and between organisms

    5. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

    6. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

    7. The control of gene expression.




      First Year – Blackpool Zoo Trip

      First & Second Year – Biology Bake Off

      Third Year – Bolton Ecology Centre

      Third Year – Biology Challenge

      Sixth Form Ecology Field Trip – venue TBC

      Lower Sixth – Biology Live

      Upper Sixth – Nowgen Genetics Workshop

      Upper Sixth – Biology Olympian

      Upper Sixth – Revision Day

      Science Week including chick hatching

      Biology Week – Junior/Senior Quiz

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