Science - Biology
Key Stage 5
Year 12 Biology starts by looking at the fundamentals of all life on Earth: Molecules and Cells. This includes how our cells are adapted to perform specific roles, such as the immune system. It then moves on to look at genetics and why we have such great diversity in the Biological world, as well as looking at transport systems such as the heart, lungs and plants.
Year 13 focuses on the bioenergetics of life, namely photosynthesis and respiration, as well as how we maintain a stable internal environment through the use of various organs and hormones. There is more on genetics and inheritance, before finishing with genetic technology and looking towards the future applications of Biology in the real world.
The course is supported by 12 required practicals that reinforce theoretical knowledge and allow students to improve these skills that may be required for future courses and careers.
Resources to Support Learning
Your teacher will issue you with homework booklets for each topic at the start of the year, each containing practice questions.
There are obvious links to careers such as medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, midwifery, nursing, biological sciences, natural sciences, astrobiology and ecology.
Many Biology related careers are becoming more prominent in society with the raising awareness of conservation and the problems we have with growing populations and waste production.
Miss Leishman (Maternity leave for 2019/20 academic year)