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Biology – the study of living organisms provides ample opportunity for students to discover more about themselves and their surrounding environment.

We are a well-resourced department with highly trained staff and well equipped laboratories. We aim to include practical work throughout our teaching so that students develop competent practical skills at an early stage.

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.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students are taught all three sciences by 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 have 3 periods a week of science lessons.

Year 7 topics: Cells, Reproduction, Food and Digestion, Microbes and Disease, The Environment and Ecology.

Year 8 topics: Respiration, Photosynthesis, Variation and Inheritance, Fit and Healthy.

We usually take students to Brandon Marsh to spend a day carrying out sampling techniques and studying ecology during the summer term of Year 7.

Key Stage 4

Students begin studying for their GCSE in Biology in Year 9. All Year 9 and Year 10 students follow the Edexcel GCSE Biology specification 1BIO. 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 and this should build up to approximately 3 hours of work a week in year 11.

Year 9 Topics: Key concepts in Biology, Cells and Control, Genetics

Year 10 Topics: Natural Selection and Genetic Modification, Health and Disease, Plant Structures and functions

Year 11 Topics: Animal Coordination, Exchange and Transport, Ecosystems

Students in Year 11 are following the Edexcel GCSE Biology specification 2BIO1.

Further details of both specifications can be found at www.


For current year 11 students

25% of the GCSE Biology marks come from controlled assessment which is completed during the summer term of Year 10 and the spring term of Year 11. Students will take three exams at the end of Year 11: B1, B2 and B3, each exam counts for 25% of their GCSE in Biology. Each exam is one hour long and consists of a mixture of multiple choice, short and long answer questions.

For Year 9 and Year 10 students

Students will take two exams at the end of Year 11. Each paper is 1 hour and 45 minutes long and worth 50% of their GCSE. Each exam consists of multiple choice, short answer, calculations and extended questions. Students are also required to complete 8 core practicals during the GCSE Biology course.

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Biology Field Trip

Any further enquiries regarding the Biology Department should be directed to Dr Usha Dheer.

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