We follow the Edexcel (Salters Nuffield Advanced Biology) specification for biology. This is a linear course with the main examination at the end of Year 13.
In Year 12, you will study two units. In the first, we look at the genetic basis of disease as well as how other factors, such as diet, contribute towards our health. In the second, we study biodiversity, focusing on the Amazon rain forest and inheritance. There is a strong emphasis on practical work. There are 18 core experiments which are examined in the final examinations. There is also an opportunity to visit a local conservation project during the year, which will put the theory into context.
In Year 13, you will apply your AS knowledge to forensics, which includes learning about the cutting-edge technologies of PCR and DNA profiling. There is also a unit looking at some of the world’s current issues, including global warming. A trip to Pegwell Bay to study the salt marsh allows for student bonding over smelly socks and cups of tea! The final units explore the biology of exercise and so link extremely well with sports studies. At the end of the course you will be assessed on your practical competencies and your final certificate will be graded pass or fail for this component.
After two years studying biology you will have a sound understanding of the different biological disciplines and be confident about carrying out your own investigations.
This course aims to set biology in a context. This is the science of life. Ever wondered about how your body works or why the world is warming up? Want to learn why some people suffer from cystic fibrosis while others don’t and how you can tell the time of death from examining a dead body? Then come and join us!
"Biology is the study of the complex things in the Universe. Physics is the study of the simple ones."
Richard Dawkins, 1941 to present
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