The department aims to:

  • Stimulate enjoyment of, and interest in, Biology    
  • Improve scientific knowledge, understanding and skills
  • Increase awareness of how Biology links with everyday life and other subjects
  • Increase understanding of the nature and limitations of scientific inquiry
  • Maximise student attainment
  • Empower students to ‘learn how to learn’

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:

  • Cell Biology
  • Organism Organisation
  • Infection & Response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis & Response
  • Inheritance, Variation & Evolution


The examination is in the form of two theory papers at the end of the course.


A Level

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 Biology

  • Foundations in Biology: Cell Structure, Biological Molecules, Nucleic Acid, Enzymes, Biological Membranes and Cell Diversity, Division & Organisation 
  • Exchange and Transport: Exchange Surfaces, Transport in Animals, Transport in Plants                                    
  • Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease: Disease and Immunity, Biodiversity, Classification & Evolution               

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.

A2 Biology

  • Communication, Homeostasis and Energy: Communication & Homeostasis, Excretion, Neuronal Communication, Hormonal Communication, Plant & Animal Responses, Photosynthesis, Cell Respiration                                   
  • Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems: Cellular Control, Inheritance, Manipulating Genomes, Cloning and Biotechnology, Ecosystems, Populations & Sustainability               

The examination is in the form of theory papers with a practical endorsement if students complete the second year.