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    Biology

    Biology

    Year 7

    Year 7 covers the following topics:

    Cells, Classification, Reproduction and Variations.

    There is a trip to Bristol Zoo to complement the Classification Unit and to increase the students' awareness of the work being done to conserve biodiversity. There is a visit to the River Arrow Nature reserve to observe adaptations of organisms in their natural habitats.

    Year 8

    Year 8 covers the following topics:

    Digestion, Respiration, Microbes (Decay and Cycles) and Ecology.

    Year 9

    Year 9 completes Key Stage 3 covering the following topics during the Autumn Term:

    Plants and Photosynthesis, Joints and Muscles, Smoking, Heart Disease and Alcohol.

    There are 3 weeks of structured revision homework preceding the end of Key Stage exam in December.

    Pupils then begin studying for GCSE Biology which continues into Year 10 and Year 11.  

     


    GCSE Year 10 & 11

    Please click here to visit the exam board website.

    Examinations (at the end of Y11)

     

    There are 10 required practical activities over the 2.5 years (including year 9). These can be examined, but there is no longer coursework at GCSE. The grading system is now 9-1. There are 2 tiers of entry, foundation and higher. The students are advised which tier to enter after the mock exams in year 11.

     

    Topic

    Year topic covered

    1

    Cell Biology

    9

    2

    Organisation

    10

    3

    Infection and response

    9 and 10

    4

    Bioenergetics

    10

    5

    Homeostasis and response

    11

    6

    Inheritance, variation and evolution

    11

    7

    Ecology

    10 and 11