COURSE LEADER: Mr J Hoyland
Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and the functioning of the human body. The course is split over two years.
In the first year you’ll study 4 main topics, each with the required practical activities and mathematical skills embedded within them. The topics are: Biological Molecules—the study of the fundamental molecules that build up all living organisms. Cells—the study of cellular structure and the immune system. Organisms and exchange—the study of exchange systems in plants and animals. Genetic variation—the study of genetics and the relationship between organisms.
In the second year you will study 4 main topics, each with required practical activities and mathematical skills embedded within them. The topics are : Energy transfers—the study of photosynthesis, respiration and nutrient cycles. Response to the environment—the study of how organisms co-ordinate and respond to both internal and external stimuli. Genetics and ecosystems—the study of evolution and ecosystems. Gene technology—the study of how organisms control gene expression and up to date gene technology methods.
Grade 6 or above in either Trilogy Science or Separate Science Biology, coupled with a Grade 5 or above in Maths and English.
Biology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, zoology, marine biology or forensic science.