Staff

Head of Department

Dr J Weston 

Subject Teachers

Miss C Beattie
Mrs P Fyfe
Mrs H McConkey (P/T)
Dr F Morrison
Miss R Rawdon

Technician

Mr N Moore 


Key Stage 3

Biology is studied as a separate science from Year 8. The total provision for Biology at Key Stage 3 is 2 periods per week.

Units of Work      

Year 8

1: Introducing Biology

2: Cells and Microscopy

3: Feeding in Plants

4: Feeding in Animals

5: Microbiology

Year 9

1: Reproduction in Plants

2: Reproduction in Animals

3: Classification

4: Variation

5: DNA Technology

Year 10

1: Breathing and Respiration

2: Blood and Circulation

3: Sensitivity and Response

4: Ecology

5: Biotechnology


Assessment

Homework

Pupils are allocated homework as described in the homework timetable consisting of one homework each week.

Spelling

Pupils will be given one spelling test on new key words associated with each topic. The words appear on the front of each topic booklet.

Examinations

At the end of each topic there will be a unit test. Winter exams will cover topic 1 and part of topic 2 for each year group. Summer exams will cover topics 1, 2, 3 and 4 for each year group.

Year 8, 9 and 10 follow a broad and balanced scheme of work over a three year period. In the first three years at Regent House pupils will receive two periods each week (1 hour 10 minutes). Pupils can then opt to study Art and Design and/or Moving Image to GCSE level. Further studies in Art and Design and Additional Art and Design are available at AS and A2 level.


GCSE

The total provision for Biology at Key Stage 4 is 5/5 periods per week. Pupils study the CCEA GCSE Biology specification.

Year 11

Unit 1: Cells, Living Processes and Biodiversity

This unit includes the following areas of study:

  • Cells
  • Photosynthesis and Plants
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Enzymes and Digestion
  • Breathing and the Respiratory System
  • Nervous System and Hormones
  • Ecological Relationships and Energy Flow

Year 12

Unit 2: Body Systems, Genetics, Microorganisms and Health

This unit includes the following areas of study:

  • Osmosis and Plant Transport
  • Chromosomes, Genes and DNA
  • Cell Division and Genetics
  • Reproduction, Fertility and Contraception
  • Applied Genetics
  • Variation and Selection
  • Circulatory System
  • Microorganisms, Defence against Disease, Medicines and Drugs

Pupils will sit external exams in Unit 1 (35%) and Unit 2 (40%) at the end of Year 12. The maximum uniform mark for Unit 1 is 140. The maximum uniform mark for Unit 2 is 160.

Unit 3: Practical Skills

Pupils complete one controlled assessment task accounting for 25% of their GCSE. The maximum uniform mark for Unit 3 is 100.

Pupils will be provided with a minimum number of past papers by their teacher and are expected as independent learners to visit the CCEA website to download past papers and mark schemes to complete at home.


A Level

Before studying A level Biology pupils are required to have a pass in Biology at B grade or higher at GCSE.

The total provision for Biology at AS is 8 periods per week and 9 periods per week at A2. Pupils study the CCEA GCE Biology specification.

AS level

Unit 1 BIOL1 “Biology and disease”

Unit 2 BIOL2 “The variety of living organisms”

Unit 3 BIO3T “Investigative and practical skills in AS Biology”

A2 level

Unit 4 BIOL4 “Populations and environment”

Unit 5 BIOL5 “Control in cells and in organisms”

Unit 6 BIO6T “Investigative and practical skills in A2 Biology”

The full specification and allocation of marks for this course (2410) can be downloaded here.

Pupils will be provided with a minimum number of past papers by their teacher and are expected as independent learners to visit the AQA website to download past papers and mark schemes to complete at home.