The purpose of the Fourth Form Biology curriculum is to introduce pupils to some of the main concepts and skills required for GCSE Biology. We select a range of topics which are both accessible and enjoyable. The main theme of the Autumn Term is diet and digestion. We then move on to Cells and Human Variation in the Spring Term. We cover some basic Ecology in the Summer Term, which affords pupils the opportunity to do some investigative field work in the extensive School grounds. We also introduce key skills such as data handling, microscopy and practical design.
All 5th Form pupils study environment, genes, electrical and chemical signals, use, misuse and abuse, living cells, energy flow and interdependence. Pupils opting for biology as a Separate Science subject also complete two extra topics, Biotechnology and Behaviour in Humans and Other Animals. These extra components give the students the opportunity to study the contribution of Biotechnology in the production of food and drink, and also the development of new medicines as well looking at the behaviour of humans and animals. It also explores a number of ethical issues that surrounds both these topics and is highly relevant to modern society.
At 6th Form level, biology follows the AQA B syllabus – please follow the link below for full details of the curriculum.