Pupils develop a broad range of skills including experimental techniques, data analysis, problem solving and an understanding of fundamental concepts which determine how organisms work.
Pupils are encouraged to develop inquiring minds and curiosity about science and the natural world. Pupils are enabled to acquire knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills to solve problems and make informed decisions in scientific and other contexts. Topics include: characteristics of living organisms, biological molecules and cell structure.
Two Year GCSE Course
Pupils work towards the Cambridge Assessment International Education IGCSE in Biology (0970). Improved critical think and problem solving skills, refined experimental design skills, and an enhanced scientific literacy prepare pupils for further study in Biology. Topics include: enzymes, transport in animals and human influences on ecosystems.
One Year GCSE Course
Pupils also work towards the Cambridge Assessment International Education IGCSE in Biology (0970). It is expected that pupils will already have an strong background in the subject so that they can effectively interact with the course content. Additional topics covered include: biotechnology and genetic engineering, plant nutrition and inheritance in genetics.
The School is equipped with a purpose-built laboratory with a wide range of apparatus and models, which are used by pupils in order to develop expertise in a practical understanding of Biology. There is also access to excellent interactive resources such as TWIG Science.
There is a weekly Science club which seeks explore investigations outside the demands of the curriculum to consolidate understanding of Biology and to enable pupils to appreciate the applications of Science in a broader context.
In addition, there are opportunities during the academic year for pupils to visit the Science Museum and carry out field work to enhance their experience of Biology and its applications.