The Biology Department aims to optimise learning opportunities in Biology so that pupils achieve their maximum potential in this subject.
At Key Stage 3 students study all three sciences with one teacher. Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics are taught in rotation and we assess for the end of Key Stage 3 levels at the end of Year 8.
Students begin studying for their GCSE in Biology in Year 9. The Exam Specification we follow is Edexcel. Students have 2 periods a week of Biology and should spend a similar amount of time at home on homework and reviewing their class work.
The A level Biology Course is very popular and is one of the larger cohorts in the school.
The exam board we use for A level is OCR. Students will have 6 periods a week of Biology and should spend a similar amount of time on independent study if they wish to achieve a top grade.
Classes are often split between two teachers at A level, but can be with one teacher depending on timetabling.
A proportion of the A level course is assessed on Practical Skills and to this effect students must attend a field studies course before proceeding to A2. This course is residential and takes place at the Margam Field Studies Centre in Wales. Practical Skills Assessments which count towards the final A level grade are carried out on this course,
Our A level and GCSE results are among the best in the school. For example, in 2012 80% of students achieved A*-B Grades at A level.
We are fortunate to have a team of dedicated and well-experienced teachers in the department, who encourage students to fulfil their potential in this exciting and challenging subject.
Any further enquiries regarding the Biology Department should be directed to Dr Usha Dheer.
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