To study Biology is to be fascinated by the subtlety and complexity of living organisms and by their relationship to one another. Biology is a subject that encourages appreciation of current issues such as gene technology and cancer research. It is also at the forefront of the most challenging intellectual problems such as managing the environment and control of human populations, understanding the most elemental building blocks of life, and the mechanisms of memory and of learning. The Biology course provides breadth and depth of coverage in its content.
Principal topics are:
- Lifestyle, Transport, Genes and Health;
- Development, Plants, and the Environment;
- Practical biology and Research/investigative skills;
- The natural environment and Species survival;
- Energy, Exercise and Coordination.
Pupils will develop their understanding of the scientific process, the development of models and theories to explain scientific phenomena, and all of the factors surrounding the advancement of scientific knowledge.
What skills will studying Biology develop?
- Problem solving
- Laboratory techniques
- Data analysis
- Research skills
- Organisational skills
- Communication skills
This challenging course involves a combination of both theory and practical work, encouraging the development of higher order thinking skills and creating a firm foundation for university level studies.
The study of Biology allows for the possibility of many future study and career options. Study could lead to working in fields such as medicine, food technology, environmental science, forensic science, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, veterinary science, forestry, marine biology and conservation.