The department aims to:
Teaching methods are varied and employ a rich mixture of visual, auditory, tactile and kinaesthetic learning opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to work individually and in groups. There is great emphasis on practical work.
We begin GCSE in Year 9 and follow the AQA Biology course, which provides a good balance between breadth and depth. The course content is divided into 7 topics:
The examination is in the form of two theory papers at the end of the course.
We follow the OCR Biology course, which provides a fascinating insight into the living world and deeper explanations for ideas studied in previous years. The course content is divided into AS and A2 modules:
As part of the AS course students attend a four day residential field course at Nettlecombe Court, a Field Studies Council Centre in Taunton, Somerset.
The examination is in the form of theory papers with a practical endorsement if students complete the second year.