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Biology

Biology is the science of life and is very much related to many of the problems of modern life. Consequently students who study the subject to an advanced level may continue and pursue higher qualifications in the fields of medicine, forensics, physiology and veterinary medicine to name but a few possible career paths.

The subject is taught as a separate science from Year 7 because we believe it is important that each science discipline is taught by subject specialists. In addition to the high academic standards, students can expect a range of extra-curricular activities including visits to museums, Chester Zoo and local beaches. Furthermore we arrange lectures given by guest speakers regularly, Reef’s Reptiles show and the opportunity to learn polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

The department is located on the first floor of the Walker Building with four purpose-built laboratories with specialist facilities for performing microbiological and molecular biology techniques. We have extensive equipment enabling students to perform ELISAs, dissections, electrophoresis and culture bacteria. 

The teaching staff include full-time specialist Biologists who are supported by one full-time technician. Together the staff has external and industrial expertise, including examination marking. They have close ties with academic and biochemical institutions enabling them to offer excellent opportunities for wider knowledge and relevant career experience.

In Years 7 and 8 the students follow a Key Stage 3 curriculum that provides the necessary foundation for a three year Key Stage 4 course that is designed with in each student in mind. All students study AQA separate sciences.

Demand for the sixth form is very high. Currently we have five groups following the AQA Biology specification to AS level and five to A2 level.  Results are consistently excellent and, importantly, our students tell us how much they enjoy the subject and how relevant it is to everyday life.