Biology

Biology

Members of the Department
Dr S. Maudling – Head of Department

The Biology Department is a dynamic team who all display an enthusiasm for science in general, a fascination for Biology in particular coupled with a commitment to high quality and continually improving teaching.  The expertise of the department covers the breadth of the Biological sciences allowing our staff to enrich their lessons with detailed subject knowledge gained through personal experience.  Our aim is that all students achieve their maximum potential whilst developing scientific literacy and the skills to critically evaluate claims and data presented in the media.  We have a strong track record in equipping students with the skills to study Biology at KS5 and beyond.  The TBGS Biology department has a suite of four purpose built and well equipped laboratories with a dedicated technician providing practical equipment and support.


Courses

GCSE  Students follow either the AQA GCSE Biology (8461) or AQA Combined Science (Trilogy) (8464) course.  All students start theGCSE Biology course in Year 9.  Following setting at the end of Year 9, some students will take the GCSE Combined science (Trilogy) pathway whilst the rest will continue with the GCSE Biology course.  Students taking the GCSE Biology course gain three science qualifications (one for each discipline) and those taking the GCSE Trilogy (Combined Science) course gain two science qualifications, which take into account their performances across the three sciences.


Sixth form – Students can elect to study the Biology A-level course or Biology as part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma.  Biology is a very popular subject at Key Stage 5, with well over a hundred students in year 12 and 13 currently choosing to study the subject.  Both A-Level and IB courses are linear, with examinations taking place in the summer term of year 13.

  • A-level students follow the OCR Biology (H420) course.In addition to learning biological content, students undergo training in practical skills and build a folder of evidence to meet the criteria of the Practical Endorsement.  This is a non-examined assessment of proficiency in practical skills.
  • International Baccalaureate students can elect to study Biology at either Higher or Standard level. Whilst the courses differ in the amount of content, both require students to develop excellent practical skills as preparation for their Individual Investigation coursework piece.

A significant number of students go on to study Biology or Biology-related subjects at university, including some at Oxford or Cambridge.  Many others obtain entry to medical school or to study other science subjects.


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