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.
There are 8 topics which cover the full A level specification.
1. Biological molecules
3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment
4. Genetic information, variation and relationships
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 https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402
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