Biology

Biology is the study of life. Biologists study how life works, from simple single - celled bacteria to complex, multicellular plants, animals and fungi. Biology encompasses a broad spectrum of academic fields that are often viewed as independent disciplines. Cell biology, genetics, physiology, botany, zoology, anatomy, histology, ecology, pollution, evolution, behaviour, molecular biology, microbiology, population genetics and biotechnology are only a few aspects included in the study of biology.

Head of Department:  

Mrs H Reid

Grosvenor pupils can study animal behaviour in the classroom as we have many animals in the department which are looked after by the pupils in The Animal Club, when they are encouraged to exercise and feed the animals every lunch time.

Career opportunities are many and a good general scientific background (Chemistry and Physics) is important if biology is to be studied to a high level.
Careers include: doctor, nurse, veterinary surgeon, dentist, farmer, horticulturalist, forestry, pharmacist, biochemist – the list is almost endless!

Key Stage 3

Year 8 classes are taught ‘Science’ by one teacher to try to minimize the number of teachers that a new pupil has to meet.
Year 9 and 10 pupils are taught Biology as a separate subject by a specialist Biology teacher.

Key Stage 4

Pupils have the option to study GCSE Biology as one of the three separate science subjects (along with Chemistry and Physics). If a student wishes to study Biology to Advanced level, it is essential that they study both Biology and Chemistry at GCSE and preferably all three science subjects.

Specification structure:

GCSE (CCEA)

Living Organisms and Life Processes, Environment, Variation, Microbiology.
Assessment is in the form of an external examination and a practical investigation coursework component (25%)

AS (CCEA)

This course builds on the knowledge and understanding achieved at GCSE level. Pupils are entered for Modules 1, 2 and 3 (Practical paper) as externally marked examinations and are expected to produce internally assessed coursework in the form of practical investigations. 
Topics covered include: Biochemistry, cell biology, ecology, genetic engineering, physiology and plant structure.

A2 (CCEA)

The second year of the A level course builds on the AS course. Pupils are entered for Modules 4, 5 and 6 (synoptic paper and internal practical assessment). Topics covered include: Co-ordination, Biochemistry, Ecosystems, Reproduction, Genetics and Taxonomic Diversity.

Many former pupils have studied Biology and related subjects (medicine, pharmacy, veterinary science and genetics) to degree level at University and some have achieved success at Oxford and Cambridge.

Michael Corbett with his teacher, Mrs Auld.  Michael obtained second place in Northern Ireland in his GCSE Biology examination

Pupils who were successful in the UK Biology Olympiad competition

Paul Pruzina (U6) who obtained a Gold certificate in the UK Biology competition.  This is a very impressive result.