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.
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.
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.
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:
Organisms exchange substances with their environment
Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
Energy transfers in and between organisms
Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
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