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In Biology students study living organisms and how they interact with the world around them. In order to gain an in depth understanding of the living world studies are conducted at the molecular level within cells, building up to tissues, organs and organ systems and then studying whole organisms and how they interact in ecosystems.

Students will develop skills in designing and carrying out their own investigations. They have to make choices about the results they collect, how to go about solving research questions and how to analyse and interpret the data collected. This gives them control over their learning and helps them to understand that often there is more than one correct answer to a question.

Studying Biology gives students the ability to apply logical reasoning to problems and to think for themselves.

Course content

Years 7 & 8

  • Cells, tissues, organs
  • Body systems and health
  • Reproduction in animals
  • Reproduction in plants
  • Animal nutrition
  • Respiration
  • Plants and photosynthesis
  • Organisms and the environment

Years 9-11

  • Cell biology
  • Organisation of organisms and ecosystems
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology

Co-curricular opportunities

  • Biology competitions – British Biology Olympiad, Biology Challenge
  • STEM club
  • Lectures
  • The Big Bang competition
  • Field trips to field studies centres and Priory Woods
  • Marvellous Meadows project