All pupils study the subject up to GCSE level, with the main objective of developing a good understanding of the biology that will help them understand the processes in their body to lead a healthy life, appreciate the environment, and build the best foundation possible if they wish to pursue the subject at IB level.
Practical work is at the heart of our teaching in the Biology department, with special emphasis on investigations carried out by students themselves.
The Biology Department enjoys very good facilities – modern laboratories for five specialist teachers, microscopes, biological models and much additional apparatus.
As well as providing the best possible preparation for examinations, the Biology department aims to challenge and inspire students beyond the classroom.
In years 10 and 11 students follow one of two courses; either iGCSE Edexcel Biology, or iGCSE Edexcel Double Award Science. These academically rigorous courses focus on imparting an understanding of the fundamental principles of Biology by ensuring that students gain an understanding of the basic principles of Biology through a mix of theoretical and practical studies
As they progress, learners understand how science is studied and practiced, and become aware that the results of scientific research and their application can have both positive and negative effects on individuals, communities and the environment.
This course prepares the students for the advanced IB Biology courses and for other courses which require them to have a solid knowledge and understanding of Biology.
IB Biology Courses
In the IB programme Biology is offered at Higher and Standard level. The Standard level course is appropriate for anyone with an interest in extending their understanding of Biology. The Higher level course is intended as a preparation for further studies in the field at University, but it can be taken and enjoyed by anyone who has a special interest in Biology.
Both the Higher and Standard level courses aim to help students understand the most important concepts in Biology and to familiarise them with current developments and their significance for our society. The four main concepts emphasised are:
- cellular processes
- human physiology
The course explores modern developments in such areas as genetic modification, reproductive technology, health and disease and climate change. Both courses cover a similar range of topics, but the Higher level takes each topic into more depth than Standard level, particularly in the areas of Human Physiology, Plant Biology and the Chemistry of life. Throughout the course there is a strong emphasis on students developing their capacity to think and learn independently as well as improving their practical techniques. The assessment of their practical skills accounts for 24% of their final IB Biology grade.
Biology is the study of life, playing a key role in our everyday existence. It is a multidisciplinary subject by nature, so that there is a huge variety of courses available for students of Biology in Higher Education
It would be impossible to give a full account of all the University and career options available, but among them are biological sciences, medicine, agronomy, pharmacy, anthropology, public health, and biomedical research. Advances in new technologies such as DNA and biotechnology are making this varied discipline more exciting than ever.