Biology is the study of ‘Life, in all its fullness’!

The 21st Century is and will be an era of bioinformatics, biotechnology and environmental concern and consequence. The Biology department aims to provide pupils with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to allow them to make informed decisions about issues that will affect their own and others’ lives. This will enable them to become effective contributors to the societies of today and tomorrow.

We aim to enhance and develop our students’ scientific skills, encouraging them to become independent learners who know ‘How to Work Scientifically’ and are capable of recalling, applying, analysing and evaluating biological knowledge & understanding. The department aims to motivate and inspire pupils thus raising standards within the subject specifically but also within science generally.

The courses we currently offer, and will offer in the future, will allow pupils to create and move along a personalised pathway suited to their own individual aptitude and interest.



Mr S. Irwin – Curriculum Leader
Mr P. Evans – Assistant Headteacher
Mr E. Robertson
Dr L. Descallar


Key Stage 3 – N.C. based around Smart Science Scheme

Year 7

Term 1 Topics & Content:

Cells, Transport & Ideas About Biology;

Big ideas, microscopy, biological drawing, cells, cell division.

Term 2 Topics & Content:

Nutrition & Digestion;

Healthy & unhealthy diets, food tests, energy, the digestive system & digestion, enzymes

Term 3 Topics & Content:

Gas Exchange;

Breathing & gas exchange in humans & other animals, lung diseases, gas exchange in plants

Year 8                

Term 1 Topics & Content:


Human reproduction, reproduction in flowering plants

Term 2 Topics & Content:

Muscles, Bones & Health;

Muscular & skeletal systems, smoking, drugs & health

Term 3 Topics & Content:

Photosynthesis & Respiration;

Plant nutrition, aerobic & anaerobic respiration in different organisms

Year 9

Term 1: Topics & Content:


Interdependence, adaptations, food chains, webs, food security, pollinating insects

Term 2: Topics & Content:

Genetics & Inheritance

DNA, genes, variation, inheritance, natural selection & evolution

Term 3: Topics & Content:

Cell Biology (KS4/GCSE)

Microscopy, cell types, specialisation, division, cell transport,


Key Stage 4 – AQA Separate Science (Biology)8461/Combined Science (Trilogy) 8464

Year 10

NB – Separate Biology is an option and topics relating to this are in addition to those of Combined Science (Trilogy).

Term 1 Topics & Content:

Combined Science (trilogy):

Unit 2: Organisation;

Heart & circulation, breathing & gas exchange in humans, non-communicable disease e.g. cancer, CHD, exchange & transport in plants

Unit 3: Infection & Response;

Pathogens, bacterial, viral & fungal diseases

Separate Biology:

Unit 1: Cell Biology; microbiology

Unit 3: Infection & Response; monoclonal antibodies,plant diseases & defense.

Unit 5: Homeostasis & Response; the brain, the eye, thermoregulation


Term 2 Topics & Content:

Combined Science (trilogy):

Unit 3: Infection & Response

Unit 4: Bioenergetics

Separate Biology:

Unit 5: Homeostasis & Response; the kidneys, excretion & osmoregulation, plant hormones.


Year 11

NB – Separate Biology is an option and topics relating to this are in addition to those of Combined Science (Trilogy).

Term 1 Topics & Content:

Combined Science (trilogy):

Unit 6: Inheritance, Variation & Evolution; evidence for evolution, classification

Unit 7: Ecology; interdependence, competition, adaptation, feeding relationships, populations

Separate Biology:

Unit 7: Ecology; decay & decomposition, effects of environmental change, trophic levels, food security, farming methods, biotechnology

Term 2 Topics & Content:

Combined Science (trilogy):

Unit 7: Ecology; decomposition, carbon cycle, human effects on climate, waste management, biodiversity

Separate Biology:



Key Stage 5 – AQA Advanced Level Biology 7042

Year 12

Term 1 Topics & Content:

Biological molecules; carbs, lipids, proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids, water, ions.

Cells; eukaryotic, prokaryotic, viruses, microscopy, cell fractionation, transport, mitosis.

Term 2 Topics & Content:

Cells; cell recognition, immunity.

Exchange in organisms; gas exchange in insects, fish, mammals, plants, digestion, mass transport in plants & mammals.

Genetic Variation, Selection & Relationships; genetic code, protein synthesis, meiosis

Term 3 Topics & Content:

Protein synthesis, genetic diversity, classification, biodiversity, adaptation & selection.

Energy Transfer; photosynthesis, nutrient cycles, energy flow through ecosystems, populations, investigating populations & succession (fieldwork).

Year 13

Term 1 Topics & Content:

Energy Transfer; respiration, energy flow through ecosystems.

Organisms are sensitive & respond to stimuli; nerve impulse, synapses, muscle contraction, receptors, simple responses, homeostasis, blood glucose, osmoregulation.

Term 2 Topics & Content:

Genetics, Populations & Evolution; Mendelian inheritance, population genetics, selection, evolution & speciation.

Control of gene expression; regulation of protein synthesis, epigenetics, genome projects, gene technology – sequencing, GM, profiling.

Term 3 Topics & Content:


Out of Hours Activities (what, when, where):

Weds night Y11 catch-up.

Department Website Links (including exam boards, revision sites etc):



Mr Exham Biology:

Craig Savage:

Mr Pollock Biology:


AQA: Separate Biology:



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