Biology is the study of the variety of life in the world around us.
Our course for Years 7-9 is designed to guide students into an appreciation of the diversity of life and the way in which organisms are adapted to survive in their surroundings. Taught by subject specialists and treated separately whilst cleverly integrating any common concepts, we study cutting edge biology such as the applications of genetic engineering and other topical issues regularly featured in the news. We aim to provide a solid foundation to GCSE and our lessons engage pupils using a range of activities which reflect multiple learning styles, for example presentations, model making, discussions and debates, and, of course, developing skills of independent learning.
At GCSE we follow the AQA Dual and Triple award Biology courses. During the first year of this new course we achieved a 96% A-C pass rate with over 80% of our students securing an A* or and A grade at Core Biology. The course is designed to expand upon the topics studied in Years 7-9, and to allow students to develop their skills of knowledge and learning. As Biology is compulsory at GCSE, we are able to encourage, extend and nurture those who enjoy the subject, whilst also helping ‘non scientists' to develop self-confidence. Many ‘non-scientists' eventually go on to study biology at AS and A2 level!
We continue to be delighted with our AS and A2 Biology uptake, which regularly includes a large proportion of the sixth form. We provide a huge range of teaching strategies and links with universities to enthuse and allow students to develop their ideas for career progression as well as their subject knowledge. Trips to the University of the West of England, Bristol Zoo and studying ecology on a beach in Wales are just some of the opportunities for learning outside the classroom.