Mrs Fiona Knight (Head
Mr Anthony O’Donnell (Head of
Ms Ursula Maguire
Ms Lisa Mc Cluskey
Mr James Davey
Mr Niall Boyle
Mrs Nycki Berry (Technician)
Key Stage 3
Biology is taught as a
component of Junior Science in Years 8, 9 and 10. Students are introduced to
many important biology topics and will begin to appreciate the relevance the
subject has to their every day life. They will be given lots of opportunities to
develop laboratory skills and become familiar with the language of science.
In Year 10, students will
be taught biology by a subject specialist. This will provide them with an
excellent grounding for their future studies in biology whether they decide to
study GCSE Biology on its own or as part of the Double Award Science course.
Key Stage 4
Students can continue the
study of biology throughout Key Stage 4, by taking either Double Award Science
or GCSE Biology.
Double Award Science
allows students to take all three sciences at GCSE level but only uses two of
their GCSE choices. They will be taught by subject specialists and complete
coursework in two out of the three subjects
Alternatively students can
opt to study GCSE Biology on its own for 5 periods a week.
Which ever route, they
choose and provided they have a good enough grade, students will be able to
progress onto A level.
A Level Biology is a
challenging but enjoyable course. It gives students an understanding of how
biological concepts have been used in industry, business and medicine to
contribute to our quality of life. It encourages students to develop
communication, IT, and problem-solving skills whilst further developing the
practical skills they have been using since Year
Post 16 Biology is a very
popular course within the College. Each year a large number of students choose
to study A level Biology and all six specialist teachers are involved in the
delivery of the Post 16 curriculum. This popularity is due in part to the wide
variety of career opportunities open to students of Biology but also reflects
the excellent work carried out by teachers within the department.
CCEA are the examining
body in all Biology courses.