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Biology, Head of Department - Mr J Lambert

The department is committed to helping students acquire a solid understanding of the subject in addition to the skills needed to analyse and communicate biological facts.

This is a very popular subject where students achieve extremely high grades at all key stages.

A level Biology is an enjoyable and stimulating course relevant to everyday life. The department follows the AQA course which follows on from GCSE and aims to develop knowledge and understanding of biological concepts with an emphasis on the application of knowledge. The course is delivered using a variety of teaching and learning styles to involve and cater for all students. This includes interactive lessons, practical lessons and assessments and student presentations.

The Biology A level course helps students develop an understanding of scientific methods alongside the scientific theory.  There are 12 key assessed practical activities which enable the students to gain a practical endorsement with their A level qualification. At the end of Year 12 students have the opportunity to attend a two-day residential field course where they can experience a practical application of the theory covered in class.

Course Description:

There are 8 topics which cover the full A level specification.

1. Biological molecules

2. Cells

3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment

4. Genetic information, variation and relationships

between organisms

5. Energy transfers in and between organisms

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

7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

8. The control of gene expression

Further information from AQA can be found at

The Biology Department

Head of Department

Mr J Lambert

Teachers of Biology

Mrs D Howells

Mr G Kenyon

Mr D Tarmey

Mrs R McDonald

Miss K Wetenhall

Poynton High School & Performing Arts College

Yew Tree Lane, Poynton, Cheshire SK12 1PU

01625 871 811