Biology is the study of life itself. With recent pioneering developments in genetics, stem cell research and biotechnology amongst others, new techniques and rapid advances are being made. It is an exciting time to study Biology as new technologies open up novel areas of discovery.
After the general science course of the first year, Biology is taught by subject specialists through to the sixth form. Basic IGCSE concepts studied in Years 8 and 9 are developed through practicals and theory in Years 10 and 11. Use of the field studies classroom and adjacent SSSI woodland is made as appropriate throughout the course. All Fourth Form IGCSE students are entered in the Biology Challenge competition where usually over three quarters of them gain an award.
Lower Sixth IB Biology examines topics in more detail including cell theory, biochemistry, water potential, the breathing and circulatory systems and DNA. Practical ecology work for both Standard and Higher Level is extended by a compulsory 4 day field course at a Field Studies Centre. Sixth Form topics include respiration and photosynthesis, further physiology, nervous coordination and cell division. A significant part of the course is taken up with practical work with numerous investigations being assessed and recorded across both years. Top candidates are entered for the annual Biology Olympiad competition and potential medics for BMAT. Many of those studying Biology move on to university to study medicine, dentistry or veterinary science.