“Studying Biology develops thinking skills, laboratory skills, a greater understanding of the human body and encourages an appreciation of, and respect for, the environment.”
The Biology Department at Kendrick aims to enable students to enjoy the subject whilst achieving their full academic potential. Studying Biology develops thinking skills, laboratory skills, a greater understanding of the human body and encourages an appreciation of, and respect for, the environment. The results in the department are excellent with many students achieving places at University to study subjects related to Biology such as Medicine, Psychology, Biochemistry, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Physiotherapy, Nursing and Molecular Biology; as well as Biology itself.
The KS3 science course lays a foundation for KS4. Biology topics studied include inheritance, diet and digestion, heart and circulation, joints and movement, ecology and reproduction in humans. Practical investigations are carried out throughout the course. Separate Biology lessons are taught from year 9 onwards which lead to a separate Biology GCSE in year 11.
At KS4 the AQA GCSE course includes the following topics: homeostasis, thermoregulation, evolution, nutrient cycles, DNA structure and genetics, microbiology, the kidney, exchange and transport in humans and the effect of exercise. Assessed practical investigations form part of the GCSE Biology course.
AS and A LEVEL BIOLOGY (OCR) are very popular courses at Kendrick and Biology is often the most popular AS subject. AS and full A level courses are taken with every conceivable combination of other AS or A level subjects. There is no need to take Chemistry or Mathematics to AS or to A level to study AS or A level Biology. Some students complete their biological education at AS level, but the majority continue into year 13 to complete a full A level in Biology.
AS topics include cells, biological molecules, heart and circulation, gas exchange, food, diet, health and disease, evolution, classification, ecology. Practical assessment is by qualitative, quantitative and evaluative tasks.
A2 topics include respiration, photosynthesis, hormones, behaviour, excretion, brain and the nervous system, populations, succession, genetic engineering. Practical assessment is again by qualitative, quantitative and evaluative tasks, some of which are carried out as part of a 6-day fieldtrip to Dale Fort Field Centre in Wales. Students taking the full A level are expected to attend the field course. The total cost of the course is around £450.
Students starting A Level Biology next year are advised to do some preparation work over the summer. Guidance for this is found in the information given to students on Induction Day. Please see attached information below;
Biology Course Information
OCR for AS and A2. AQA for GCSE, which is taught as Core and Additional or Core, Additional and Further Science.
- F211 –
- 8040 – AS
- Unit 1 – 6101
- Unit 2 – 6102
- Unit 3 – 6103
- AQA Biology GCSE – 4411
- AQA Core GCSE – 4461
- AQA Additional GCSE – 4463
A variety of teaching styles are used as appropriate with the inclusion of video, experimental investigations, group and individual work, computer modelling programmes and Powerpoint presentations. Recent examination questions are used, and relevant websites and CD ROMs are available, and emphasis is placed on encouraging the students to become independent learners. An Independent Learning Centre is available in the department and this contains many additional resources for the students’ use. The students are encouraged to use ICT whenever appropriate. They are expected to word process coursework, to be able to use spreadsheets and graphing programs and to use ICT as a research tool.
Books used in the Biology courses covered
Pre GCSE Books
Years 10 and 11 Mackean “GCSE Biology”, John Murray and AQA Science “GCSE Biology”, Nelson Thornes
AS and A2 Biology
Roberts, Reiss and Monger “Biology Principles and Processes”
The Department has a subscription to the “Biological Sciences Review” magazine online archive and students are encouraged to make good use of this to read articles to consolidate their understanding and support independent study and a broader appreciation of Biology.
Careers in Biology
The results in the department are excellent with many of the students achieving places at University to study Medicine, Psychology, Biochemistry, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Physiotherapy, Nursing and Biology of many varieties, as well as a vast array of other subjects.
- Mr A Hodge – Subject Leader – Biology and Science
- Dr C Crawford – Teacher
- Mrs B Kenward – Teacher
- Mr C Dunning – Teacher
- Mrs S Oliver – Teacher
- Miss C McCarron – Teacher
- Mrs C Dillon – BiologyTechnician
- Mrs K Evans – Biology Technician