Biology is the study of living organisms and their interactions with each other and the environment. The subject requires the examination of biological processes at a number of levels. Throughout each key stage, Biology is a diverse and challenging subject. The varied approaches to learning within the classroom and the strength of the teaching within the department mean that the subject is popular across the age ranges at LOGS.
The new GCSE Biology syllabus gives the students the chance to gain a good understanding of human biology, organisms, evolution and the environment. It is designed to help them understand how Science can be used to explain both the world in which they live and how humans impact upon it.
The specification integrates students' practical skills with hands-on activities, which help engage and enthuse. Students can see how science is used to solve problems ranging from infectious diseases to creating biofuels.
The course is suitable for students of all abilities, whether they intend further study in Biology or not. It can open the doors to future careers in Medicine and the Life Sciences.
We follow the AQA GCSE Biology specification and assessment is through two papers taken at the end of the two years of study. There is no longer any teacher-assessed coursework.
A-level Biology enables students to acquire a systematic body of biological knowledge and an appreciation of its significance. Year 1 of the A level builds on topics covered at GCSE including biological molecules, cell biology, substance exchange and genetics. Year 2 revisits the key scientific concepts while explaining the processes at the molecular level helping develop an understanding of cell biology and the evolution of life.
As with GCSE, A Level Biology incorporates practical experiences to link theory to reality. The importance of practical work within the subject is demonstrated with the students receiving certification of their ability to conduct and analyse investigations alongside their final grade. This is based on teacher evaluation of the progression of students’ practical ability and is called Practical Endorsement on their A-level certificate.
With Biology being such a broad topic studying it at A-level gives the students a chance to find a specific area which interests them, opening doors to a fantastic range of interesting careers.
We follow the AQA - level specification and assessment is through three papers taken at the end of the two years of study.
The Biology department is located within our purpose built Science Department. Teaching takes place within well-equipped laboratories and the department has its own prep room and specialist technician.
Dr A Scott D. Phil (Head of Biology)
Mr M Ferguson BSc
Mr P McIver BSc
Mrs H Tilling BSc