Studying Biology develops thinking skills, laboratory skills and a greater understanding of the human body; it also 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. Many students obtain places at University to study subjects related to Biology such as Medicine, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Optometry and Nursing; as well as Biology itself.
What is studied at KS3?
Biology KS3 is taught along with Chemistry and Physics as part of the Science programme.
The Biology topics are:
Year 7: Cells and movement, Organisms, Animal reproduction, Plant reproduction.
Year 8: Photosynthesis, Staying alive, Variation and evolution.
Students gain an appreciation of the complexity of living things and, through frequent practical activities, the fundamentals of scientific enquiry.
What is studied at KS4?
All students study Biology as a separate science, starting their GCSE course in Year 9. The GCSE specification followed is AQA GCSE Biology 8461. This specification includes the following topics: cell biology, organisation, infection and response, bioenergetics, homeostasis and response, inheritance, variation and evolution, and ecology. Working Scientifically skills are developed through a series of required practical activities.
What is studied at KS5?
Both AS Biology and full A Level Biology are possible within the Kendrick KS5 pathways. There is common teaching of the AS and the full A Level in Year 12. The specification followed is: Edexcel AS and A level Biology B (2015). The specification covers a wide range of topics including: biological molecules, energy for biological processes, microbiology and pathogens, ecosystems, control systems and modern genetics.
Practical work is an integral part of the course; the students maintain their own laboratory notebooks and carry out several individual investigations in conjunction with the required practicals. All students doing A level Biology take part in a residential field course at Dale Fort Field Centre in Wales. The total cost of the course is around £450. Students in year 13 may have the opportunity to take part in the Biology Olympiad.
The department is well supported by the Biology technicians and is centred around three well stocked laboratories.
Mr Andrew Hodge – Subject Leader – Biology and Science
Dr Catherine Crawford
Mr Chris Dunning
Mrs Laura Haldane
Mrs Judy Saunders
Mrs Cora Whittaker
Mrs Deborah Cook
Miss Rachel Coombes – Technician
Mrs Claire Dillon – Technician