Department | Biology2021-01-13T21:32:25+00:00

Department | Biology

FOR THE INCREASE OF LEARNING AND GOOD MANNERS

MEMBERS OF STAFF

Mr M. Scott
Head of Department
Dr C. Holland
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Mr A. Aitken
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Miss F. Jewhurst
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Mr P. Clarke
Technician

Subject Information

Biology is “The study of living organisms” and the department aims to promote an interest and curiosity about the diversity and origins of the living world. Teaching of Biology at The Royal School encourages students to develop an interest in and enthusiasm for Biology and promotes further study and careers in the subject.

  • Knowledge and understanding of Biology;

  • Understanding of the effects of Biology on society;

  • Applying knowledge and understanding of the nature of science and of the scientific process;

  • Develops understanding of the relationships between hypotheses, evidence, theories and explanations;

  • Awareness of risk and the ability to assess potential risk in the context of potential benefits;

  • Applying observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem solving skills and understanding in laboratory, field and other learning environments;

  • The ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions both qualitatively and quantitatively;

KS3 curriculum

Autumn Term

Green plants and their environment – the study of photosynthesis

Winter Term

Food and digestion

Summer Term

Cells, The Nucleus and Genes

KS4 curriculum

GCSE Biology is taught as a component of the Double Award specification and also as a separate science for those who want a more in-depth understanding. GCSE classes are taught in mixed ability sets of approximately 20 pupils. An emphasis is placed on practical work which provides students with analytical, problem solving, and project design skills. Such transferable skills can then be developed further in both higher education and the workplace.

Specification followed: CCEA www.ccea.org.uk

What will I study?  – Double Award

What will I study? – Triple Award

KS5 curriculum

Specification followed: CCEA www.ccea.org.uk

Biology is a very popular A-level choice with approximately 60 students in Year 13 each year. Many of the students go on to read medical-related subjects at university. Other students study Biology in order to keep their options open when applying for university courses as it is recognised as a strong academic subject across the board.

What will I study?

AS 1

Molecules and Cells

AS 2

Organisms and Biodiversity

AS 3

Assessment of Practical Skills (Internal practical assessment – coursework)

A2 1

Physiology and Ecosystems

A2 2

Biochemistry, Genetics and Evolutionary Trends

A2 3

Assessment of Investigative and Practical Skills (coursework)

How will I be assessed?

Unit

Assessment Format

Duration

Weightings

AS 1

 

Written examination, externally assessed

1 hour 30 minutes

37.5% of AS

15% of A level

AS 2

 

Written examination, externally assessed

1 hour 30 minutes

37.5% of AS

15% of A level

AS 3

 

Internal practical assessment and External written examination.

1 hour

25% of AS

10% of A level

A2 1

 

Written examination, externally assessed

2 hours 15 minutes

24 % of  A level

A2 2

 

Written examination, externally assessed

2 hours 15 minutes

24 % of A level

A2 3

 

Internal practical assessment and External written examination

1 hour 15 minutes

12% of A level

 

Biology is a fundamental subject for careers in the science and health sectors but there are many other routes you can take with qualifications in this subject. Although too numerous to list the following careers would be typical – Microbiologist, Pharmacologist, Marine Biologist, Secondary school Teacher, Dentist, Nurse, Doctor, Zoologist, Veterinary nurse. All full range of career options can be found by clicking on the hyperlink below.

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/biology

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