Biology

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Key Stage 3

Year 7

Students develop knowledge and understanding of cells, reproduction, digestion and interdependence.

Investigative and practical skills will be enhanced.  Data are analysed and interpreted.  Enthusiasm and interest in Biology are encouraged.

Parents may wish to support their daughter’s learning through discussion of biological vocabulary and homework tasks. Viewing nature or scientific television programmes and discussing Biology stories in the news, as a family, are also supportive of learning.

Year 8

Students develop knowledge and understanding of movement, body systems, respiration and photosynthesis.

Investigative and practical skills will be enhanced.  Data are analysed and interpreted.  Enthusiasm and interest in Biology are encouraged.

Parents may wish to support their daughter’s learning through discussion of biological vocabulary and homework tasks. Viewing nature or scientific television programmes and discussing Biology stories in the news, as a family, are also supportive of learning.

Year 9

Students begin the study of the AQA GCSE Biology specification.  They develop knowledge and understanding of topics including communicable and non-communicable diseases, preventing and treating disease, variation, evolution, adaptations, interdependence and competition.

Scientific thinking is developed through experimental skills, data analysis and a critical approach to evaluation of results.  As part of the GCSE course, required practicals are carried out which enhance scientific knowledge and application.

Parents may wish to support their daughter’s learning through discussion of biological vocabulary and homework tasks. Viewing nature or scientific television programmes and discussing Biology stories in the news, as a family, are also supportive of learning.

Key Stage 4

Year 10

Students continue to study the AQA GCSE Biology specification.  They develop knowledge and understanding of topics including cells and transport, cell division, transport systems in animals and plants, photosynthesis and respiration.

Scientific thinking is developed through experimental skills, data analysis and a critical approach to evaluation of results.  As part of the GCSE course, required practicals are carried out which enhance scientific knowledge and application. The mathematical requirements of the specification are practised.

Parents may wish to support their daughter’s learning through discussion of biological vocabulary and homework tasks. Viewing nature or scientific television programmes and discussing Biology stories in the news, as a family, are also supportive of learning. Parents could encourage the use of Kerboodle, GCSEPod and other resources for revision and independent learning skills.

Year 11

Students continue to study the AQA GCSE Biology specification.  They develop knowledge and understanding of topics including genetics, reproduction, ecology, the nervous system, hormones and homeostasis.

Scientific thinking is developed through experimental skills, data analysis and a critical approach to evaluation of results.  As part of the GCSE course, required practicals are carried out which enhance scientific knowledge and application. The mathematical requirements of the specification are practised.

Parents may wish to support their daughter’s learning through discussion of biological vocabulary and homework tasks. Viewing nature or scientific television programmes and discussing Biology stories in the news, as a family, are also supportive of learning. Parents could encourage the use of Kerboodle, GCSEPod and other resources for revision and independent learning skills.

Key Stage 5

Introduction

A-level Biology provides students with a valuable set of transferable skills; powers of analysis and evaluation, extended writing and advanced numeracy are all developed during the course. The variety of stimulating topics covered ensures that Biology is one of the most popular A-level subjects in the country, attracting students studying a wide range of other subjects.

Students study the AQA A-level in Biology (AQA Specification Code 7401/7402).

These qualifications are linear, meaning that students will sit all the AS exams at the end of their AS course in ear 12 and all the A-level exams at the end of their A-level course in Year 13.

Overview of teaching and topics

  • 6 lessons a week – 5 hours total teaching time.
  • An equal amount of time is expected in terms of independent study i.e. homework, examination practice, wider reading and educational visits.

 

  • Subject content Year 12 (AS Biology)

1 Biological molecules

2 Cells

3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment

4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

 

  • Subject content Year 13

5 Energy transfers in and between organisms (A-level only)

6 Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments (A-level only)

7 Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A-level only)

 8 The control of gene expression (A-level only)

 

Useful websites

Key Dates

Year 12

May 24th Examination for AS Biology Paper 1 (7401/1)  
Duration: 1h 30m

June 4th Examination for AS Biology Paper 2 (7401/2)
Duration: 1h 30m

 

Year 13

June 7th Examination for A-level Biology Paper 1 (7402/1)

Duration: 2h

June 11th Examination for A-level Biology Paper 2 (7402/2)

Duration: 2h

June 18th Examination for A-level Biology Paper 3 (7402/3)

Duration: 2h

 

Future Opportunities

Students may progress to a biologically related degree course or a career in health and/or clinical professions, whilst many students also go on to a diverse range of non-science careers. Whatever field students eventually work in, they will find A-level Biology a rewarding and demanding course.