The Biology Department consists of two full-time teachers and one part-time teacher who are all biology specialists. They teach all students in the Years 8 to 11, building upon the skills taught in Science in Y7.
Years 8 to 9 follow the new National Curriculum for Key Stage 3 with the “Measuring scientifically” elements embedded within the course.
At Key stage 4, three sets study the AQA Biology GCSE course and one set takes the GCSE Trilogy route. This means that all pupils will sit their examination papers at the end of Y11.
Approximately fifty students per year opt to study biology in the Sixth Form. We would encourage the combination of this A level with chemistry and/or maths due to new biochemical and mathematical demands of the course.
To ensure that each student is fully supported in their time at QEGs, we offer a weekly lunchtime “Biology Clinic” for years 7-11. From October each year we also hold lunchtime support sessions specifically for KS5 students. Sixth form “Biology Mentors” also provide help for KS3 and KS4 students when required.
Within the classroom setting, the more able students are challenged on a lesson by lesson basis. This may involve being set different tasks or extension tasks being given after initial activities are completed.
Able students are advised to make use of the biological resources found on IGGY and to read scientific journals as found in the library and in the biology laboratories.
Annually, twenty- five Y9 pupils are entered for the British Biology Challenge Competition and high achievers in the sixth form are entered into the Senior and Internediate British Biology Olympiads, as run by the Royal Society for Biology. Such competitions encourage QEGs biologists to think beyond the specification, thus improving their biological knowledge. Our students are also encouraged to participate in national biological surveys e.g. the national butterfly survey as carried out this year by a number of Y7-Y10 students and attend university public lectures.
AQA Biology GCSE until 2016: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-4401
AQA Biology GCSE from 2016: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461
AQA AS and A level Biology: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402
Royal Society for Biology: http://www.rsb.org.uk/