We are all part of the natural world and should learn how to look after it. But if you are cut off or divorced from the natural world, you don’t have a chance to understand how to do that.
David Attenborough
Broadcaster and Natural Historian
Daniel Swanwick - Faculty Leader – Science & Head of Biology
Mr D. Swanwick
Head of Biology

Biology is at the forefront of some of the most exciting and sensitive issues in the news today. Are you intrigued when you hear about the medical developments in genetic engineering? Do you know why cells divide and what are the causes of cancer? Are you concerned with the threat of global extinction and the devastation being caused by global warming? Do you want to learn more about the spread of infectious diseases, such of COVID-19? Studying biology at GCSE and A level or IB will enable you to learn more about these, and many more, interesting issues.

The courses are practical by nature so you will have the opportunity to observe specimens through microscopy, study anatomy through dissection, and follow enzyme-catalysed reactions. In addition, you will become proficient in a range of practical skills including microbiological techniques, using colorimeters and data-loggers amongst others. In the past we have organised a range of exciting curricular opportunities such as inviting prominent scientists and university lecturers to deliver enrichment masterclasses and we lead a sixth form biology trip to London to visit universities, London zoo, the Natural History museum and the Body Works exhibition which enables students to better understand human anatomy and physiology.

At GCSE level you will learn the fundamentals of Biology, whilst at A level and IB level we explore each topic in greater depth. As an example, at GCSE, students learn about the basics of cells and then at A level/IB level students study the ultrastructure of the cell, find out how cells differentiate so that they become specialised and discover how cell division is controlled.

A Level and IB Biology are an excellent base for a university degree in healthcare, such as Medicine, Veterinary Science or Dentistry, as well as the biological sciences, such as Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or Forensic Science. Biology can also complement Sports Science, Psychology, Sociology and many more.

A Level and IB Biology can open up a range of career opportunities including: biological research, medical, environmental, forensics, sports and science communication. The transferable skills you will learn, such as problem solving, are also useful for many other areas, for example law.


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