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Biology

Saving threatened species, studying microbes, growing organic plants for food, curing diseases. The 21st Century offers many challenges to a biologist. New knowledge in areas such as genetics, molecular biology, the environment and marine science have effects on human society and the environment all over the planet. Studying Biology gives students the skills and opportunities to advance human knowledge and understanding in today's world, in order to make a difference to tomorrow's world.

Years 9, 10 and 11

Biology is a compulsory subject in Years 9, 10 and 11 and the Cambridge IGCSE course is started in Year 9.

The emphasis in the IGCSE is placed on students understanding the basic principles underlying Biology so that they have a strong basis for further study.

In all year groups, extensive practical work and investigations support the learning process. Most of the lessons are taught in two well-equipped laboratories supported by our two dedicated laboratory technicians.

A level

A and AS Level Biology builds on the skills acquired at IGCSE. The syllabus includes the main theoretical concepts which are fundamental to the subject, a section on some current applications of biology, and a strong emphasis on advanced practical skills. Practical skills are assessed in a timetabled practical examination. The emphasis throughout is on the understanding of concepts and the application of biological theories in novel contexts as well as on the acquisition of knowledge.

In Year 12, students have the opportunity of learning about ecology during a four-day marine biology/geography fieldtrip to the north Kenyan coast

Content

The AS course includes the study of cells, the chemistry of life, genetic control, biological transport, energy and respiration in plants and animals, photosynthesis, genetics, regulation and control, human reproduction, plant crops, selection and evolution, biodiversity and gene technology.

Assessment

Assessment is by means of both practical and theory examinations. An A level in Biology is widely appreciated by universities and is particularly useful for students studying Medicine, Biology, Dentistry, Geology, Pharmacology and Physiology.