Biology occupies an important position in 21st century society. It looks at key quality of life issues in human and veterinary medicine, environmental protection and the use of natural resources. This places biology at the heart of many of the complex challenges we now face.
The course we follow is new and was developed in partnership with the University of York.
We use traditional teaching methods, practicals and the resources and teaching animations on www.snabonline.com, to cover the course content in an exciting and novel way. As part of the course students undertake a number of core practicals to cover concepts and skills such as gel electrophoresis, ecology on a sand dune and habituation.
We use real-life scenarios as a context for each chapter. This enables pupils to see the importance of each topic to everyday life as well as to understand how the subject matter inter-relates. These topics include the ever increasing problem of cardiovascular disease, the ethics behind genetic testing, global warming and why extinction is on the rise.
Full use is made of the excellent Biology facilities with a strong emphasis placed on practical work. We also value learning outside of the classroom, with trips to the Natural History museum to see classification in action, a lab day on forensic science with At-Bristol, ecology day on a sand dune and rocky shore and a brain dissection and psychology day.
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