Biology

Teachers:  Mr R Cerullo,  Mrs C Waters, Mrs A Heard, Dr K Wakeman

GCSE

There will be a choice of two Science Courses at GCSE; students will be guided by their Science teachers and tutors as to which course is the most suitable.

  1. A Science course that is equivalent to two GCSEs and involves Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The Units involved are B1; B2; C1; C2; P1; and P2 (see below). This Science course provides a balanced Science curriculum, which will ensure that students achieve the appropriate knowledge and skills for a seamless progression to Advanced Level Science subjects.
  2. A Science course that is equivalent to three GCSEs and involves Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The Units involved are B1; B2; B3; C1; C2; C3; P1; P2; and P3 (see below). Students will study additional teaching units in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This will give them a thorough understanding of the three Sciences. This would suit students certain to continue one or more Sciences at Advanced Level.

Biology 1 (B1)

  • How do human bodies respond to changes inside them and to their environment?
  • What can we do to keep our bodies healthy?
  • How do we use/abuse medical and recreational drugs?
  • What causes infectious disease and how can our bodies defend themselves against them?
  • What determines where particular species live and how many of them there are?
  • Why are individuals of the same species different from each other?
  • What new methods do we have for producing plants and animals with the characteristics we prefer?

Biology 2 (B2)

  • What are animals and plants built from?
  • How do dissolved substances get into and out of cells?
  • How do plants obtain the food they need to live and grow?
  • What happens to energy and biomass at each stage in a food chain?
  • What happens to the waste material produced by plants and animals?
  • What are enzymes and what are some of their functions?
  • How do our bodies keep internal conditions constant?
  • Which human characteristics show a simple pattern of inheritance?

Biology 3 (B3)

  • How do dissolved substances get into and out of animals and plants?
  • How are dissolved materials transported around the body?
  • How does exercise affect the exchanges taking place within the body?
  • How do exchanges in the kidney help us to maintain the internal environment in mammals and how has biology helped us to treat kidney disease?
  • How are micro-organisms used to make food and drink?
  • What other useful substances can we make using micro-organisms?
  • How can we be sure we are using the micro-organisms safely?

A Level

The course is a companion course to Human Biology. The outlines of the two courses are very similar but the content of each module is slanted either towards a survey of the plant and animal kingdom in Biology or towards human beings and disease in Human Biology. Module 1 and Module 5 are common to both courses. Candidates can take Biology AS and Human Biology A2 or vice versa depending on which A2 modules they study.

Human Biology

Science in Society is a new course that equips students with a knowledge of science and technology as they impact on modern life and the skills to communicate with others both scientists and non-scientists alike. The course develops from the issues raised in the Year 10 Science course. It would be useful for any arts/humanities students who wish to broaden their curriculum and would allow science students to reflect on their studies in a wider context. The course aims to develop the student's scientific literacy and critical thinking skills when reading, writing and talking about Science. The course is underpinned by an understanding of How Science Works which describes Scientific Methodology.