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"Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge."
Biology gives students the chance to gain a good understanding of:
- The biology of the human body
- Interaction between organisms
- Evolution and the environment.
The specification integrates the principles of 'How Science Works' throughout the units and in the controlled assessment. The course helps put Biology in the context of students' everyday lives with topics ranging from 'Keeping healthy' to 'Humans and their environment'.
The specification is based on a series of topics related to the living world and relevant to students. It is designed to help them understand how Biology can be used to explain the world in which they live and the impact humans have on the environment.
Key Stage 3
Biology is taught through Science lessons at KS3.
Please see the Science page here.
Key Stage 4
During the first few weeks we run an induction where we develop the students’ scientific skills.
Unit 1 (Begins in Year 9)
- Keeping healthy
- Nerves and hormones
- Use and abuse of drugs
- Interdependence and adaptation
- Energy in food chains and decay
- Waste materials from plants and animals
- Genetic variations and control
Unit 2 (Studied in Year 10)
- Cells and simple cell transport
- Tissues, organs and organ systems
- Organisms and their environment
- Proteins – functions and uses
- Cell division and inheritance
Unit 3 (Triple Science) (Studied in Y10 and Y11)
- Movement into and out of cells
- Heart and blood transport
- Humans and the environment
- ISA – Assessed practical examination
This unit is assessed by Controlled Assessment. It is worth 25% of the total marks and consists of a minimum of one practical investigation based on topics in the specification.
Students will be prepared for this examination in lessons and will sit the exam during lesson time.
Independent Learning termly tasks and deadlines:
Weekly ILT tasks to include research, presentations, examination questions, concept maps, preparation for debates and practical write-ups, there will be extended writing tasks included in the scheme of work, students will be encouraged to use the internet and library for research tasks.
KEY STAGE 4 SPECIFICATION:
AQA Examination board
Can form part of the Core and Additional Science course or separate science courses (GCSE Biology)
The examinations are linear – there are no January modules and the first result obtained counts.
Exams will be sat at the end of year 11 in most cases, some students may sit exams at the end of year 10
KEY STAGE 5 SPECIFICATION:
OCR exam board
Students are expected to undertake at least 5 hours of independent study per week. Students are encouraged to go to museums and arrange other visits which will help broaden subject understanding.
Staff are happy to support students to extend and challenge their ideas and there will be a series of Christmas lectures for students to see ideas presented beyond the scope of their specification.
Links with Kings College London University and Imperial University would ensure all students will spend at least a day participating in outreach activities. These activities are linked directly to the specification and allow students hand on experience with equipment and techniques they would otherwise only discuss in theory.
STEM ambassadors and mentoring will allow students to have a glimpse of how Biology is used in the workplace.
Weekly Science Club at Chobham where students can support younger children’s learning
Preparation for entrance to Medical school